An employee at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Morpeth site helped out at Special Olympics GB’s (SOGB’s) summer event in Stirling, Scotland.
Glynis Deedes was among 15 volunteers from CCEP who supported the athletes throughout their participation in what were called the 40th Anniversary Games.
The soft drinks manufacturer has been a founding partner of SOGB since the charity first began in Great Britain in 1978.
Each of the volunteers brought a range of experience, skills and expertise to the role, as well as a passion for helping to break down barriers,
Glynis, who has worked at CCEP for the last three years, helped to set up the sports arena for the different competitions taking place and make lunches for the athletes.
In total, 1,400 athletes from across Great Britain and the international programmes took part in the Anniversary Games earlier this month – competing in sports including swimming, badminton, boccia, table tennis and athletics.
A highlight of the event for Glynis was cheering on all of the athletes as they walked through the arena during the opening ceremony, as well as seeing the “delight and pride” of these athletes when they competed across the three days.
Being able to share this with other volunteers from CCEP was also very special for her and it made her incredibly proud to see the positive impact their contributions had on the Anniversary Games.
For Glynis, helping out at the event in Stirling has been a hugely rewarding experience, which she would recommend to anyone “without hesitation”.
SOGB’s interim CEO, Michelle Carney, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to all our athletes, volunteers, coaches, fans, supporters and sponsors for all their hard work to make our 40th Anniversary Games in Stirling a wonderful landmark celebration.”