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Inspiring Women recognised in glittering ceremony

A Brownie thinks of others before herself - and nobody exemplifies that motto better than Brown Owl Jean Sant. She was the worthy winner of the community prize at the Inspiring Women Awards which took place at the Midland Hotel on 15 May.

The 66-year-old became a pack leader at just 14 years old and has been there ever since.

Over more than 50 years, she has inspired hundreds of girls in the 1st Sale Moor pack, formerly 2nd Brooklands.

Jean was overcome with emotion as she accepted her trophy, saying: “I’m lost for words. I just hope the girls have had as much fun and friendship as I have.”

Among her young charges over the years have been her daughter Rachel, 36, and granddaughter Niamh, nine - with her youngest granddaughter Ella, six, set to join in September.

And Jean has no plans to retire any time soon as the Brownie movement celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

She said: “Some of the girls must look at me and think I must have been there since the start.

“I feel like I belong to a wonderful family and, to me, family is everything.”

*Jean pictured with her award presented by Dr. Dawn Harper. Photograph courtesy of Paul Burrows. 

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