North London Hospice workers in North Finchley to get a taste of London 2012

Paul Crook, 47, and Gillie Kenneally, 68, are among 70,000 volunteer support workers who will be helping out at London 2012

Paul Crook, 47, and Gillie Kenneally, 68, are among 70,000 volunteer support workers who will be helping out at London 2012

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A nurse and a volunteer from the North London Hospice will be getting closer than most to the Olympic Games next week.

Paul Crook, 47, and Gillie Kenneally, 68, are among 70,000 volunteer support workers who will be helping out at London 2012.

The pair work at the North Finchley-based hospice, which provides care and support for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Retired nurse Gillie will be based in the Olympic Village during the Games with the chance to mingle with athletes and coaches.

Once an international GB judo player, she now dedicates her time to helping out on the hospice wards, reception desk and day services.

The sports lover from Finchley said: “Many moons ago I competed on an international level myself so to play a small part in the Olympics is a once in a life-time opportunity.

“I am delighted to have been chosen and extremely excited as I’m going to be helping right in the heart of the village giving information to athletes.”

Paul, a nurse at the hospice’s inpatient unit, will be based at the Horse Guards Parade for the volleyball events.

The father-of-two, from Finsbury Park, will be checking tickets and directing people to their seats.

He said: “You can imagine the excitement when I told my colleagues.

“It’s a unique experience to be a part of the Olympic Games. I’m really looking forward to the atmosphere.”

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