From the wards to the Olympics

FOUR hospital workers will be swapping the wards for the Olympic village as they join an army of volunteers.

West Suffolk Hospital staff members Bob Duncan, Jackie Brown, Lisa Andrews and Dr Fahmy Fahmy have battled through a five-year application process to be picked as one of 70,000 volunteers for the London Games, starting July 27.

Mr Duncan, 65, works as a technician and will act as a dignitary assistant at the games.

He said: “I’ll be meeting a dignitary at the airport, taking them to their hotel and generally arranging things.

“I won’t see the Olympics in this country in my lifetime again so it seemed like a great way to be involved.”

Mrs Brown, a midwife, has been picked as a driver, transporting athletes and dignitaries during the Paralympics.

She said: “I love anything to do with sport and it’s an opportunity I might not get again.”

Ms Andrews, a nurse, will be taking the skills from her day job to look after spectators.

Dr Fahmy, an ear, nose and throat specialist will be looking after dignitaries from Team Qatar.