Jean Bishop is a joy to be around. Even at 93, she's a human dynamo, dressing up in her distinctive bee costume to raise money for her local Age UK in Hull.
Pride of Britain
If you watched 2013's Pride of Britain Awards, you'll have seen Jean meeting David Walliams, Carol Vorderman and the cast of Strictly Come Dancing.
She was awarded the Fundraiser of the Year gong and, having now collected over £100,000 for Age UK Hull, she's set her sights on raising £200,000.
17 years and counting...
Jean got involved with a knitting class at her local Age UK after the death of her husband and started shaking her collection tin 3 years later - making it 17 years of fundraising so far.
She wasn't always a bee, either. 'I was a witch at first,' says Jean. 'Then the lady that did the fundraising went to London and came back with a bee outfit that she'd hired. She said "try this" and stuck a tin on my arm. Off I went to the station to collect and it went down a bomb.'
Jean's fame has certainly taken her places. In addition to the Pride of Britain award, she was also one of the torch bearers in Hull, as the Olympic torch toured its way round the UK in 2012.
She's also met David Cameron ('He was alright' was Jean's verdict) and even tried to influence policy at the same time.
'I sat in his chair,' remembers Jean, 'and I said "right - decision made - first thing on Monday morning, pensions up!"'
The human touch
But it's the general public that Jean really enjoys meeting. 'Even if I'm not feeling too good, I never tell them,' she admits, showing a truly determined streak.
And she puts her success down to 2 things: 'One is smile and be happy, and if they've got any little children, praise them up.' A simple, yet winning formula.
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