Helen’s Olympic opportunity

NBENBE120106c1, Helen Jackson, Sandbed lane Belper. Chosen as a volunteer for the olympics.
NBENBE120106c1, Helen Jackson, Sandbed lane Belper. Chosen as a volunteer for the olympics.

A BELPER woman has told of her excitement and joy after being chosen to be a volunteer at the Olympic Games in London.

Helen Jackson, 48, says it is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to be involved in the 2012 Games.

She will be one of 70,000 volunteers involved when the spectacular kicks off on Friday, July 27.

Self-employed Helen, who will have to sort her own accommodation out in London, has been selected to be a driver.

She has been told she could be transporting athletes to events they want to watch inbetween competing. She does not know which sporting stars she could be ferrying about - it could even be a top one like Usain Bolt or Britain’s own gold medal hopeful Jessica Ennis.

She is also likely to be driving journalists and sponsors around.

“It is going to be really good,” said Helen, who runs her own business called Develop Your. It is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I want to be a part of the Olympics.”

Helen, who applied to be a volunteer, will undergo three lots of training before the Games begin.

Her husband Ian also applied, but has not heard anything yet.

However, the couple have managed to get tickets for swimming and badminton events.

But Ian joked: “Helen might miss out on them because she is a volunteer!”

We want to hear from other Belper folk who are set to play a part in the Olympics.

Helen, of Sandbed Lane, added: “It would be nice to know if there is anyone else from Belper taking part.”

l If you are taking part, let us know by ringing 01773 514153, or emailing editor@belpernews.co.uk.