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West Ham born volunteer worker is heading off to Rio for the summer

PUBLISHED: 07:34 15 December 2015 | UPDATED: 07:34 15 December 2015

Rosemary Head with one of the children from the Orphanage in Kenya

Rosemary Head with one of the children from the Orphanage in Kenya

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Volunteer worker Rosemary Head loves meeting new people and helping others.

Volunteer worker Rosemary Head loves meeting new people and helping others.

She has fought through breast cancer, won awards, donated to charities and volunteered at the 2012 Olympics, but now the 74-year-old is ready for her next mission of travelling to Rio to volunteer at the next summer Olympics.

West Ham born Rosemary said she is grateful for getting a “second chance” and wants to show elder people what they can still achieve.

“Ten years ago I had breast cancer and was knocked for six by it, so when I got clear of it is when I decided you have been given a second chance, go for it girl.

“I just feel so proud that I have been chosen to represent my country and people of my age to just show them of the things they can still do.

“Unfortunately I’m going to be 75 next year, so this has come as a big present, as I must be the oldest one going.”

The former Marks and Spencers worker put in a lot of hard work in 2012, as she volunteered in the athlete village during the 2012 Olympic games saying it was “amazing” and also raised £1,200 to go to Kenya to buy a Children orphanage new toys and refurb the nursery.

“It was brilliant.”

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