A CHURCH of England Bishop for Nottinghamshire is bidding his wife and son farewell as they head off to be volunteers at the Olympic Games in London.
Rosemary Butler, who is married to the Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Southwell, will spend almost two weeks as a first aider in the athletics stadium, and then a further two weeks helping in one of the venues for the Paralympics in September.
Their youngest son Andrew is also on the team and will be keeping an eye on the computerised scoring in the Olympics Aquatics centre.
“It’s very exciting that they will be there experiencing the atmosphere and events in person, I’m only sorry I am not joining them,” said Bishop Butler.
“But I am looking forward to going down to some of the events as a spectator in both the Olympics and the Paralympics.”
Rosemary and Andrew Butler applied to be volunteers along with 250,000 others and were delighted to be among the 70,000 who were selected.
Rosemary, who trained as a nurse and midwife, said: “I’m looking forward to the buzz of it and being part of a team.
“I would have been happy doing anything, but it will be brilliant to be in the stadium at the heart of things.”
Andrew (23) will be providing technical support to the judges on the synchronised swimming and said he is looking forward to his poolside role.
“I wanted to get close to the Games and I thought, aside from competing, this would be the best way to do it,” he said.
“I was surprised when I was chosen and I’m looking forward to being part of it all. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“After watching the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, the Olympics have been a highlight for me. I think apart from the World Cup, it’s my favourite thing,” he added.
Both Andrew and Rosemary have been taking part in various training and preparation sessions to get them ready for their roles.