By Geoff Berkeley 29/03 Updated: 29/03 16:26
A WOMAN who has helped thousands of volunteers secure placements in Worcester has spoken of her delight at being chosen as one of the torchbearers to carry the Olympic Flame through the city this summer.
Sally Ellison, chief officer at Worcester Volunteer Centre, is among the 8,000 torchbearers who will be carrying the torch across the country ahead of the London Olympics.
The 63-year-old, who was nominated by colleague Hedley Burton, could not believe it when she found out the news and said she felt privileged to be a part of the Games.
"I am really excited and surprised to be selected," she said.
"I believe the London 2012 Olympic Games will be a really big success and I am privileged to be part of it.
"But I am not just doing it for me - I am doing it for the volunteer centre and everyone here."
During her 21 years at the centre Mrs Ellison has helped it move from a rented room to having its own base on The Tything.
The centre also now employs 12 members of staff, has a turnover of £350,000 and recruits and secures placements for about 400 volunteers a year.
Mrs Ellison has yet to be told which part of the Olympic Torch's journey through the city she will be on as it makes its way to Worcestershire County Cricket Club's New Road ground for an evening celebration on Thursday, May 24.
"I am really lucky as I am doing it through Worcester and on the Thursday evening," she added. "I don't know exactly where I'll be on the relay but the torch will go past my office so everybody at the centre is really excited."
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