Sussex volunteers carry the baton ahead of the Commonwealth Games

TWO voluntary charities were among those providing the baton in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games.

The baton began its 294-day journey from Buckingham Palace in October and was carried by porters through all 72 Commonwealth countries before ending in Birmingham today, July 28, for the start of the Games.

Nathan Dunbar, who volunteers with Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS), carried the baton as part of the Queen’s baton on July 7th.

Nathan from Polegate was chosen because he has supported KSS as a fundraiser and volunteer for the past five years.

The Argus: Nathan Dunbar in Queen's Baton Relay at DealNathan Dunbar in Queen’s Baton Relay at Deal

He also volunteers with other charities including Fight for Sight and St Wilfrid’s Hospice and founded the Polegate Scarecrows Community Fund which provides grants to local community groups, projects and charities.

Nathan said: “To be nominated and then chosen to be a baton bearer was a very proud moment and it was an honor to receive the privilege of carrying the Queen’s staff.

“It was a very surreal moment to be part of such an inspiring event with so many amazing people.”

Helene Poursain, Director of Fundraising and Events at KSS, said: “We at KSS are so proud of Nathan and very grateful to him for helping us raise funds and raise awareness.

“We are very happy that he enjoyed this very special moment. We supported him every step of the way.”

The Argos:

Chanel Pritchard, 16, of Seaford, was also chosen to carry the baton, chosen from over 8,000 entries.

Chanel is one of the first Young Ambassadors for KSS and was selected in recognition of her support for the charity.

The Argos:

She said: “I was so proud to be part of Queen’s Baton Relay, especially being selected for KSS through my work.

“It was an honor to meet with the other participants and hear their inspiring stories. It was a very special day.”

Sarita Taneja, Head of Patient and Family Follow-up at KSS, said: “Chanel is a remarkable young lady who fully deserves the recognition of this honor.

“We are so proud of Chanel and very grateful for her continued support.” Sussex volunteers carry the baton ahead of the Commonwealth Games

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