Gran has helpful hands

PUBLISHED: 07:05 25 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:08 31 May 2010

Jean Whitby knits blankets to send to the Ukraine - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Jean Whitby knits blankets to send to the Ukraine - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

A CHAMPAGNE tea party at the Ritz Hotel in London is in store for Linton great grandmother Jean Whitby, one of the winners of a national competition. The 75-year-old great-grandmother has won the glittering outing after being nominated for a Britain s Mo

A CHAMPAGNE tea party at the Ritz Hotel in London is in store for Linton great grandmother Jean Whitby, one of the winners of a national competition.

The 75-year-old great-grandmother has won the glittering outing after being nominated for a "Britain's Most Helpful Hands" competition organised by Fairy washing-up liquid.

She said: "I found out I'd won completely out of the blue. One of the wardens from the sheltered housing project had nominated me.

"She rang me last week and told me to expect a phone call, although she wouldn't tell me what it was about, then when I got the call it was a lovely surprise."

Jean was nominated for her tireless work raising money and sending blankets to the needy residents of Ukraine.

She has lived in Linton for 14 years, but also went to school in the village, and retired from her job as an order assembler at Duxford

16 years ago.

Jean, who is looking forward to her champagne tea party prize has five children, 10 grand-children and three great-grandchildren.

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