By Chris Lennon, News editor
Saturday, May 26, 2012
TEAM GB will be hoping for a haul of medals at the Olympics, but it’s unlikely they’ll clean up.
But one couple who’ll be able to look back at the 2012 Games and say they’ve done just that is Lyn and Graham Penny.
For the pair, who both do voluntary work at Isabel Hospice’s HQ in Bridge Road East, WGC, will be doing an essential, if not exactly glamorous, job in the athletes’ village – cleaning.
From 8am until 4pm each day they will be carrying out light duties such as dusting, window cleaning, room and bedroom tidying, vacuuming and bed making.
They will even get to break for lunch in one of the restaurants to be used by athletes, so will be rubbing shoulders with gold medal-winning Olympians.
The Pennys are among a team of volunteers organised by the Rotary clubs of Hatfield and Stevenage to help out at the Olympics.
In return, the Rotary clubs will receive £8.50 for each volunteer hour worked.
This money will be donated to the Isabel Hospice, with matched funding from Rotary to at least double the payment.
The Pennys got involved after Lyn booked it as a quirky Christmas present for her husband.
Graham said: “Lyn knew I wanted to go the Olympics, and this was a way for us to get there!
“She saw a call for cleaning volunteers and put our names forward.
“She kept it a secret and announced it on Christmas Day as my Christmas present!”
The Pennys, who live in Wareside, said they were also being sponsored by friends at Much Hadham Golf Club, where they are both captains, to further boost the hospice’s coffers.
Graham added: “We both volunteer for the hospice anyway, so are really pleased to be soaking up the Olympic spirit and raising funds for them.”