A student from Moulton is literally getting up steam to be one of the 15,000 volunteer Clydesiders at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Sarah Hemstock (19) was inspired to apply to join spectator services after attending the London 2012 Paralympic Games and was thrilled to be accepted.
But now Sarah – and her family – are raising money to offset the costs of travel, food and accommodation during the games, which run from July 23 to August 3.
The star attraction of their fundraising event this weekend is a miniature traction engine, built by Sarah’s grandfather, Alan Hemstock, and her dad, David, will be offering rides around the village in return for donations to Sarah’s Glasgow fund.
There will also be a stall at the family’s home in Ashby Gardens between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The Hemstocks’ fundraising event coincides with the Moulton Garden Crawl.
Sarah’s proud mum, Claire, said: “She’s had three training days and each time she’s been up to Glasgow it costs over £100.”
There’s a final training session in Glasgow today (Thursday) and then Sarah’s next visit to Scotland will be an eight-day stint at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre.
Claire said: “Her dad and I are very proud of her achievements. It’s hard to believe that she was once a quiet, shy little girl but has matured into such a confident young woman.
Sarah said: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and amazing to be contributing to such a sporting event.”
Sarah went to school at the former Gleed Girls’ Technology College, in Spalding, and then to the neighbouring South Holland Post 16 Centre.
She has just completed her first year of a four year primary education degree course at Nottingham Trent University.
Claire said: “Sarah is a young leader with my Rainbow group in Moulton. She has always had a volunteer background.
“We went to the Paralympics to see some of the events and she was very impressed seeing all the youngsters and volunteers – so she applied to the Commonwealth Games and she was successful.
“The excitement is building now as she has collected her uniform following a training session in Glasgow.”