Olympic torch comes to NCVO and Volunteering England
Olympic fever came to NCVO’s offices this morning (Thursday 26 July) as dozens of people lined the streets of Kings Cross to welcome the torch relay.
This year’s Olympic Games wouldn’t be possible without the 70,000 volunteers who are giving up their time to make sure things go smoothly and so it was fitting that the organisers made sure the iconic torch came past NCVO and Volunteering England’s offices.
Volunteering England hosted a celebratory breakfast at the offices they share with NCVO and Bond as the torch went past and staff of all three organisations got into the spirit with salmon and cream cheese bagels, fruit and yogurt.
The torch was carried by 63 year old Alan Naftalin, an obstetrician who has a history of voluntary work and is suffering from bone marrow cancer. Flanked by an entourage of supporters and promotional vehicles Alan ran past a banner proclaiming: 'NCVO and Volunteering England, Championing Charities and Volunteering, Supporting the Games'.
Richard Williams, NCVO director, said:
"It’s great that the Olympics have come to the home of the voluntary sector. The Olympics in particular and sport in general have always been closely linked with charities and volunteering. The London Games will be magnificent and we’re all very excited."