It is with delight that we announce Jeanne Chattoe has been recognised in the Kings Birthday Honours, awarded the British Empire Medal list for Charitable services to People with Cancer.
On receiving the news of her award, Jeanne who remains a Trustee of Against Breast Cancer expressed her gratitude to her dedicated team of volunteers, and thanked local businesses, and the community of Witney for their unwavering support for the past 24 years.
“What a lovely surprise! This is something I could never have managed on my own. Thank you to everyone who has ever taken part in Witney in the Pink, this is a reflection of all your help and support. There have so many people who have helped over the years, it’s impossible to mention them all, but some have been with me since the very beginning – a special thank you must go to the members of the Witney Action Group, a tireless group of amazing women and fantastic fundraisers.” Jeanne Chattoe
Supporters of Against Breast Cancer and visitors of the town of Witney in Oxfordshire will already be familiar with the sight of Jeanne, instantly recognisable with her dyed pink hair!
A dedicated volunteer and a tireless fundraiser, Jeanne been honoured with a British Empire Medal for her long history of association with the charity and for organising ‘Witney in the Pink’.
“The inclusion of Jeanne Chattoe in the King’s Birthday Honours List is a testament to her exceptional contribution and the significant difference she has made in the lives of people affected by breast cancer. Her unwavering commitment and passion serve as a shining example for others to follow, emphasizing the importance of community engagement.” Richard Bahu, Chair of Trustees
In 1991, Jeanne first assembled her team of volunteers and brought together the residents of Witney for a day dedicated to raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
Over time this vibrant and colourful celebration has become a highlight on the town’s calendar, drawing in participants and spectators from all walks of life.
Through her exceptional organisational skills, Jeanne has transformed ‘Witney in the Pink’ into a beloved tradition that unites the town while making a positive impact. Her ability to rally volunteers, secure sponsorships, and coordinate various activities and entertainment has been instrumental in the event’s enduring success.
“Jeanne Chattoe is an inspiration to us all, demonstrating that through passion, perseverance, and community spirit, positive change can be achieved, transforming lives and creating a brighter future for everyone.” Bernadette Jones, Chief Executive Officer
Jeanne has also dedicated countless hours to organising charity auctions, fashion shows, and afternoon teas to name but a few! We are in no doubt that her unwavering commitment to supporting us has made a significant difference in the lives of many.
Jeanne’s inclusion in the King’s Birthday Honours List, which marks the extraordinary contributions and service of people across the UK, is a testament to her exceptional contribution to the community and her unwavering spirit of generosity. Her efforts have not only brought joy and unity to Witney but have also impacted the lives of countless individuals who have benefited from the funds raised.
We join with the people of Witney celebrating Jeanne’s well-deserved recognition, and along with the community, we eagerly look forward to the next instalment of ‘Witney in the Pink’