Friday 23 February 2018

Heroic rescuer, 91, on Happy List

A fire brigade source said officers are currently on their way to the scene.
A fire brigade source said officers are currently on their way to the scene.

A heroic 91-year-old pensioner who rescued her elderly neighbour from his smoke-filled flat has been included in a list celebrating people who make the UK a happier place.

Jessamine Skuse is one of 100 unsung heroes celebrated in the Independent on Sunday Happy List, which is described as an "antidote" to last week's Sunday Times Rich List.

She burst into her 97-year-old neighbour's flat in Bristol when she noticed smoke billowing from his home.

Using her Army training she remained calm, grabbed him by the arm and led him out of the door.

He collapsed to the ground so she heaved him up on to a shopping mobility aid until the fire brigade arrived.

Highlighting the stories of people who have improved the lives of others, the list also features Sue Bunn, who took over as leader of a Brownie pack in Leeds aged 18 and carried on the role for the following 42 years apart from a year off to have a baby.

Last year she also saved the life of a man who was injured in a bike accident by administering first aid before an ambulance arrived.

Charity fundraiser John Burkhill has been celebrated for pushing his pram around Sheffield for 20 years while wearing a green wig and a giant foam finger.

He has raised £250,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and was given a volunteer award on his 75th birthday.

He lost his wife and daughter to cancer.

Police officer Laura Ede also made it on to the happiness list for launching Girlguiding's new body confidence badge.

Ms Ede, from Portishead, Somerset, hopes to boost the self-esteem of 400,000 young women by the end of 2016.

Her Free Being Me programme challenges young women to take action against unhealthy body ideals and spreads the message of body confidence.

The list, which is published in the Independent on Sunday today, celebrates those who have improved people's lives through volunteering, fundraising, mentoring and charity work.

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