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Happy to help Published: 22 July 2013

Westminster Ambassadors at the Ground
Westminster Ambassadors at the Ground

For the first time MCC engaged volunteers to help visitors around the Ground during the second Investec Test match at Lord's for the 2013 Ashes series.

I've just had such a brilliant experience

A group of Westminster Ambassadors, who worked alongside MCC staff and stewards, were on hand every day of the Test to help spectators with any queries, large or small.

The volunteering initiative was part of The Ashes Legacy Partnership which is a new collaboration between MCC, Nottinghamshire and Durham aimed at bringing the benefits of hosting Investec Ashes Test Matches to local communities in London, Nottingham and Chester-le-Street respectively.

Amongst many things, they helped assist with keeping queues flowing, pointing people to the correct gates and giving out match day handouts.

Volunteering at Lord's



"We thought it would  a really nice opportunity to give people a chance to increase their affinity with Lord's and have a chance to further some of their volunteering skills, " MCC Community Development Manager Laura Brown told Lord's TV.

Angela Hunter - who works for the Treasury - took a couple off days of work to volunteer for her first time.

Spending each day going up and down the queue along St John's Wood Road keeping Members updated with information, she couldn't speak highly enough of the experience.

"I really hope the next time I do some volunteering I don't think 'well, it's no Ashes'," she joked.  

"I've just had such a brilliant experience."

MCC plans to provide more volunteering opportunities for both local people and staff in the coming months.


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