A woman who founded a support service for bereaved families of airmen has been recognised for a lifetime of good work.
Jenny Green, 64, from Ketton, set up the RAF Widows Association in 1992 after the death of her husband Group Captain William Green in a Tornado crash.
The service offers support and advice for RAF families affected by a bereavement. In the 20 years since it began, the service has helped hundreds and has gone on to inspire similar groups for the Army and Navy.
Jenny was given an OBE in 2000 for her work with the service and on March 23 she will receive the lifetime achievement award at the 2013 Soldiering On Through Life Trust awards.
Jenny, who previously lived in Stamford while her husband was stationed at RAF Wittering, said: “I was very touched and very pleased when I found out. I didn’t know I had even been nominated. It came completely out of the blue.
“But there wouldn’t be an award if other people hadn’t committed to supporting the association.
“The fact it is still there and doing what it set out to do is really from the hard work of a lot of other people. It is recognition for what everyone has put into it.”
The main aim of the RAF Widows Association has always been to try and help with emotional and financial advice when needed.
Being a part of the group requires no long-term commitment and families can get as much or as little support as they need.
But the association has also had a wider impact on the military as a whole.
Jenny added: “It is not just about the widows themselves. There have been huge changes in the way the services support families.
“I have been part of changing the way things are done along with a lot of other people.
“The award is about continuing involvement. The demand has grown over the years with our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and there have been so many new bereaved partners and children.
“It has been quite topical and necessary. It has been very worthwhile.
“I have been made lifetime president and I will continue to support and work with the various chairmen and groups.”