A truly memorable Olympic experience

Atherton WI member Patricia Braddock volunteering at the Olympics
Atherton WI member Patricia Braddock volunteering at the Olympics

A WOMEN’S Institute member who volunteered to be part of Britain’s Olympic history was inspired by working at the Commonwealth Games 10 years ago.

Patricia Braddock, 64, volunteered at the Games in Manchester and enjoyed it so much she decided to offer her help at the country’s biggest event of the decade.

This time she was chosen to be a part of the football in the North East.

Patricia was asked to look after people in the Olympic Family Lounge VIP area, at St James’ Park in Newcastle as it played host to football at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, from July 26 until the final game on August 4.

Her husband, Stuart, 65, also volunteered for a day, providing a taxi service to visitors, ferrying them to and from the stadium.

She said: “I looked after the Olympic Family Lounge VIP area, making sure that everyone was happy and that they had enough food and drink.

“I showed people to their seats and made sure they were comfortable. I was just there if anyone needed anything.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my role on the Protocol team and saw and met some FIFA members and footballers and ex-footballers.

“Joseph Blatter, the FIFA President, shook hands with me not once but twice, which was amazing.

“It has been a most wonderful experience and so memorable.

“It was such a privilege, as it is never going to happen in our lifetime again.”

Patricia, a mother-of-two, who has two grandchildren, who lives in Over Hulton, has been a long time member of Atherton WI.