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Poole volunteer on duty at the Commonwealth Games

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboat volunteer Helm Suzie Jupp has another uniform to wear for a couple of weeks as she leaves her day job as a respiratory physiotherapist at University Hospitals Dorset to be a member of the ‘Commonwealth Collective’


Suzie at the Commonwealth Games
The ‘Commonwealth Collective’ is a community of passionate and dedicated people who will play a vital role in helping to deliver the biggest multi-sport event in the UK since London 2012

Suzie is swapping the beaches here in Poole for the inner-city beach, as she will be a first responder team member for medical services at the beach volley valley at the Smithfield site.

The Smithfield, was the former site of the big market in Birmingham and it has been transformed for the beach volley, 3x3 basketball and the festival site.

Suzie, has swapped her lifeboat kit for vibrant Commonwealth clobber which was inspired by the Birmingham architecture, featuring patterns and inspiration from buildings across the city, a number of students from the city had worked with Birmingham 2022 to shape the uniform design, which reflects the City’s rich cultural heritage and there is even a ‘Peaky blinder’ cap.

Two-time Commonwealth Champion Colin Jackson summed it up when he said:
‘Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Commonwealth Games and play a hugely important role in making both athletes’ and spectators’ journeys very special’

Well, we all know that Suzie is also very special, and we wish her a fab fortnight and look forward to seeing her back at the station, to hear about her adventures and help us to organise the Open Day which we couldn’t do without her. Go Team Suzie!

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