AN ALDWICK volunteer met David Cameron at a reception to welcome a symbol of next month’s Commonwealth Games.
Jenny Hicklin was invited to No 10 Downing Street on Sunday for a tea party to celebrate the Queen’s Relay Baton’s arrival at the prime minister’s home.
The celebration tea party was held for various groups of volunteers. They included 20 Join In local leaders such as Jenny, 69, of Cypress Way.
Jenny said: “What a surreal afternoon sitting in the prime minister’s back garden, children playing football, ice creams being served, sandwiches, cakes and such like.
“Finally, David Cameron mingled with Joined In local leaders and volunteers and other sports clubs who were invited.
“For me, this is all on the back of enjoying myself and volunteering locally as well as at the London 2012 Olympics and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
“I cannot emphasise enough how volunteering can and does completely change your life.
“It brings new friendships, camaraderie, lots of fun and helping others achieve their goals in sport.”
The Queen’s Baton Relay arrived at Downing Street on a tour of 70 nations and territories, 190,000kms and 288 days.
It was carried by Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams and award-winning volunteer Molly Pattison.
They were selected for their outstanding contribution to sport and services to their communities. The baton is on the final stages of its journey from October 9 to July 23.