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Tuesday 14 August 2012

ShelterBox Ambassador Ben Ainslie carries flag at Closing Ceremony
ShelterBox Ambassador Ben Ainslie carries flag at Closing Ceremony Ben Ainslie visited the ShelterBox headquarters in May.

ShelterBox Ambassador Ben Ainslie had a leading role in Sunday night’s Olympic Closing Ceremony as he carried the British flag into the Olympic Stadium. Last week he won his fourth consecutive Gold medal to add to a Silver medal that he won in his first Olympics. He is now the most successful Olympic sailor of all time.

Ben, who grew up in Cornwall and learnt to sail in Restronguet, has been one of the leading competitors in the London Games. Back in May, he was selected as the first torch-bearer to carry the Olympic Flame from Land’s End. Shortly before this, he pledged his support for ShelterBox and visited ShelterBox’s Helston headquarters.

On his visit to ShelterBox he said: ‘It was especially interesting to learn how ShelterBoxes are deployed somewhere in the world every day. It may not always be national news, but the charity goes to where it is needed giving warmth, comfort and shelter to people who desperately need it, and that is vital work that is always worth supporting.’

Another ShelterBox Ambassador was also competing for Team GB. Annabel Vernon was a part of the Team GB rowing squad and reached the final with her Women’s Eight crew.  The team came fifth on the final day of rowing at Eton Dorney Lake. Annabel is from Wadebridge in Cornwall and started rowing at Castle Dore Rowing Club.

Tim Bunting, ShelterBox UK General Manager, said: ‘Everyone at ShelterBox would like to say a huge congratulations to both Ben and Annabel. I hope they enjoy a well deserved rest after their tremendous achievements at the Olympics.’

To read about Wanda Summers, an inspiring ShelterBox supporter who has been working as a personal trainer in the Olympic Village, click here.
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