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Gloucestershire woman volunteers for Paralympics

One young Gloucestershire woman has more reason than most to look forward to the Paralympics – because she’s spending the entire event helping out as a volunteer in the Olympic Park.

Lettie Tongue, 21, who herself has a disability, applied last year to work as a volunteer and was delighted when she was accepted.

“I applied online and went for my interview a year ago,” said Lettie, who lives near Northleach with her parents. “I was really excited when I found out I had been accepted. I start on Thursday (30th) – I’m a bit nervous, but really looking forward to it.

Lettie, who also volunteers at nearby Northleach Primary School, has cerebral palsy. She’s able to live at home with the support of her family and twice daily visits from Stroud-based homecare provider DoCare. She’s hoping soon to be able to move into her own home.

“When I was interviewed I said I thought it would be really good to be able to help at the Paralympics as I have a disability myself,” she said. “I enjoy sport and have done horse-riding and tennis, although because of surgery I had last year I’m not able to at the moment.”

Kerry-Ann Lees, Area Manager for DoCare, said: “We were delighted when we heard that Lettie had been successful in her application to be a Paralympics volunteer. Lettie is very independent and has a very positive attitude to life, so it is not surprising that she invariably manages to achieve anything she sets her mind to.”

During the Paralympics, Lettie will stay up in London with her brother. Her role in the Olympic Park will be to help with ticketing, meeting and greeting visitors and helping to direct them to events.

She added: “I really hope to be able to get to see some sport myself.”