Selfless Jeanne has helped hundreds of cadets

A STALWART worker has helped hundreds of girls in 44 years at a cadet corps – and now she could be on the verge of honours.

Jeanne Roach, 72, from South Shields, was today described as an amazingly special woman for her work with the Girls Venture Corp Air Cadets.

She’s seen many young women join her South Tyneside group and has helped them to achieve their dreams, whether it’s joining the Royal Air Force or moving in to other careers.

But this time, it’s Jeanne in contention for honours in the lifetime contribution category of the Best of South Tyneside awards.

The nomination for her said: “She is selfless in every way and does everything she can to encourage the girls in her unit to reach for their dreams.”

But Jeanne’s devotion goes even further.

She has stood at the end of every Great North Run, giving out water to grateful runners.

The nomination added: “There is no one who deserves this award more than this special lady.”

But modest Jeanne, a former magistrate and youth worker, said: “I do it because it keeps me young.

“If you stop, you give in. I am honoured and actually quite surprised to be nominated.”

We want many more entries before the deadline of Friday, April 10.

The awards will culminate in a glittering finale at the Quality Hotel on June 25.

To nominate, fill in the form in today’s paper or submit an entry online HERE.