An inspiring 105-year-old was one of the first residents in Bracknell to receive the Covid-19 vaccine last week.

Sandhurst woman and community volunteer Margaret Schaap said she cannot wait to get out and start gardening again after being stuck indoors due to the pandemic.

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The retired fabric designer and crafts teacher was invited on the first day of the coronavirus vaccine roll out on December 22.

After rolling up her sleeves, she said: “This year has been difficult for so many of us as we have spent time away from doing things we enjoy the most.

“As someone who has always loved to keep very active, gardening and walking, as well as travelling everywhere by bus, I look forward to the day when I can do this all again.

“I hope the vaccine will improve everything for us all going forward.”

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Margaret has always kept active and played tennis with Sandhurst Tennis Club up until she was 82-years-old.

The Covid-19 pandemic meant she couldn't go out and enjoy her hobbies.

However having had the vaccine, Margaret hopes she will be able to attend and help volunteer again in her local community again.

She said: "“I really miss attending Sandhurst and Yateley Methodist Church, The Women’s Institute and Sandhurst Gardening Club, all of which I was attending regularly before the start of the pandemic.” Accompanying Margaret to receive her vaccine, her daughter said: “It has been very difficult for mum to maintain her fitness levels over the months, even though she walks up and down the drive several times a day and potters in the garden when the weather is on side.

“She even helped me make some scrubs recently for the ICU at Frimley Park Hospital and for Army medics across the UK.

“I know that mum is very excited to resume all her hobbies as soon as it is safe to do so.”

She added: “For me personally, having the vaccine is a sense of relief that is palpable.”

People will be required to have two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, 21 days apart, and may not be protected until at least seven days after their second dose of vaccine.

Dr Prash Patel, local GP and CEO and medical director for Berkshire Primary Care (BPC), said: “Being involved in a genuine solution to lead our communities back towards some semblance of normality is nothing short of amazing. This is a real moment in local history.

"BPC has always with the support of its GP Members provided, at scale, high quality services to its patient community.

“A vaccination service to prevent COVID-19 is by far one of the most important programmes to be delivered by our team. Its success will allow us as a community to escape what has become for many an extremely miserable half-life."