Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Armed Forces Champion

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Armed Forces Champion

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WINNER JANICE PROCTER OCTER OCT Janice, from Sulgrave, Washington, has devoted her life to helping military service charities and organisations across the region after her son became one of the youngest British soldiers to die in Iraq.

Her son, Pte Michael Tench, who was sent to Iraq in September 2006, was killed by a roadside bomb blast aged just 18.

Following his death, Janice has been determined to turn her negative feelings into something positive. She began fundraising and became involved with a number of organisations, including a local Armed Forces Day.

She is a co-founder of the Brother in Arms Memorial Wall in Sunderland and has undergone fundraising activities including The Lyke Wake Walk and a 10km run to raise money for charity.

RUNNER-UP IAN P N P ROUD Ian has worked tirelessly over the last few years to raise money for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. Not only has he raised more than PS80,000 for the charity, but he has also dedicated time to go into local schools to raise awareness of the courage of servicemen and women from the past as well as today. …

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