Jean Bishop is 93 and she has been dressing up as a bee since her husband died 14 years ago, to raise money for Hull Age UK.
Last year she was named Fundraiser of the Year at the Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain awards, and celebrities rallied round on the night to raise £9,000 so that she reached her goal of collecting £100,000.
Today she is in the Independent on Sunday's Happy List, an antidote to the Rich List which celebrates a hundred people who enrich others' lives rather than their own. Others featured include the Teenage Cancer Trust fundraiser Stephen Sutton, who died ten days ago, and "the world's oldest barmaid". Dolly Saville, 100, who has worked at the Red Lion in Wendover for 75 years.
“Meeting other people, talking to them and having a laugh is what it’s all about. Some days when you are due to go out and you don’t feel like it, you have to make yourself. When you get into it, you find it’s all right; it’s no good giving in, you don’t have a life when you give in.
When you are sitting at home on your own, you can get lonely, then you get miserable and you end up really too miserable to move. You have to push yourself sometimes, get out there and be sociable.”
- Jean Bishop talking to the Hull Daily Mail last year