Sir Roger Moore received a Help the Aged 'Hall of Fame' award from the Queen at Windsor Castle yesterday.
The former James Bond actor, who has been a strong supporter of UNICEF over the years, was one of a number of people of pensionable age to receive awards at the Living Legends event.
The ceremony marks special achievements by elderly people in improving the lives of disadvantaged older people.
Sir Roger, 79, told ITV that it was a great honour to attend the event but insisted that the "really important people" at the ceremony were those who helped others in their own community.
"One of the things that I think is absolutely appalling in our system, people have to stop work at a certain age when they have a lot of good things left in them and so I suppose the volunteers who have retired, they're doing themselves a favour as well as other people; that's very important," he said.
Margaret Fray, 82, from Lytham St Anne's in Lancashire, received the Dame Thora Hird Award for Outstanding Achievement for her work with elderly people who suffer from mental illness.