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Anniversary of London games marked with volunteering campaign

Last summer saw thousands of of volunteers play their part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, helping tourists and sports fans across the capital.

Now, to build on the legacy created by last year's Games Makers, legacy charity for volunteering 'Join In' is holding thousands of events over the summer to encourage people to do voluntary work in their local communities.

"Sports clubs and community groups are crying out for help," said Alice Hunt, the charity's chief executive".

"At Join In we're match-making people willing to give up their time to the organisations who need them most,"


Olympic champion Rowsell joins 100-mile bike ride

Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell will take part in a 100-mile bike ride from London to Surrey - the furthest the track cyclist has ever ridden.

Rowsell, a world record holder who secured a London 2012 gold in the team pursuit, is cycling in the first Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in aid of Action Medical Research, the children's charity of which she is an ambassador.

Joanna Rowsell after receiving her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The 24-year-old said: "I think the event is a fantastic way to celebrate one year on from winning gold at the Olympic Games and with a large section of the route being held on my home training roads I hope I will be able to assist the other Action riders with some local knowledge.

"I have never actually cycled 100 miles so it will be a great challenge for me too. I have been working with Action Medical Research for two years now and am honoured to be part of Team Action for what is sure to be a memorable event."


Olympic volunteers: One year on

All this week we're looking at the legacy of the London Olympics one year on, and asking whether its main aims are being achieved.

One of its commitments was to inspire more people to volunteer.

A recent survey found that almost half of Londoners were inspired by the Games to volunteer for the first time, or more often.

Simon Harris has been to meet one of last year's gamesmakers, to find out if he's still giving up his time to help others.

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