Paralympics prize for tireless work

Alford man Donald Odlin has won a pair of tickets to the Paralympics closing ceremony after being nominated by his colleagues in Spilsby's Sainsbury's store for his community work. He is pictured wearing 2012-related goodies in the Sainsbury's store. Photo by David Nutt.

Alford man Donald Odlin has won a pair of tickets to the Paralympics closing ceremony after being nominated by his colleagues in Spilsby's Sainsbury's store for his community work. He is pictured wearing 2012-related goodies in the Sainsbury's store. Photo by David Nutt.

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AN ALFORD man has won coveted tickets for the Paralymics closing ceremony after he beat off the challenge of thousands of fellow Sainsbury’s employees in a contest to find community-spirited individuals.

Donald Odlin was nominated in the ‘Who Do You Love?’ competition by impressed colleagues at Spilsby’s Sainsbury’s store.

The contest was held right across Sainsbury’s UK outlets and attracted thousands of nominees.

But Donald’s work for Spilsby’s Royal British Legion branch and other charitable work wowed the judges.

And he was one of just 70 lucky people to win pairs of tickets for the closing ceremony.

A stunned Donald said: “It was a very pleasant surprise.

“I just stood there and had to take it in for about 25 to 30 seconds. I just couldn’t say anything.

“It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the ceremony.

“I think the Olympics and Paralympics are a very good thing for the UK,” he added.

As well as his work with the British Legion, Donald also runs a stand at the Spilsby Show and created a small display for the residents of Eresby Hall.

He also helps provide army-related uniforms for the pupils of King Edward VI Humanities College in Spilsby for their Armistice events.

Although Donald is set to enjoy the Paralympics closing ceremony later this month he won’t be taking much of a break from work. He plans on being back on duty in Spilsby the very next day.