WHEN two brothers got the chance to work at the Olympics, they came up with a brilliant way of raising money for their cancer-stricken mum.
Ben Drewry, 25, and his brother Josh, 24, who live with their mum Amanda, 47, in Hilary Avenue, Cosham, escorted tennis stars to and from matches during the greatest show on earth.
The pair called on some of the world’s most famous players to sign their caps, part of the VIP Player Escort Team uniform, and two tennis balls used in the women’s and mixed doubles finals. They are now auctioning their memorabilia, signed by the likes of Serena and Venus Williams, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro, on eBay. Money made will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support, whose nurses help look after Amanda.
Ben, who is a doorman for Tiger Tiger in Gunwharf Quays, said: ‘We started toying with the idea after discovering we were going to be working at the Olympics.
‘We wanted to help our mum and the rest of the family in supporting her. I was a bit star-struck at first. But after a while I got used to people like Andy Murray and Roger Federer being around.
‘They’re really nice people; very laid back and easy to get on with. All the stars were supportive of what me and Josh wanted to do.
‘They wished our mum all the best. It was a fantastic, once in a lifetime experience.’
Ben and Josh were part of a team of five people from Portsmouth who were chosen to spent nine days working for The Event and Exhibition Partnership, a sub-contractor which provided security for the Olympic games.
They commuted to London from Portsmouth each day.
Ben got the job after his friend Ross Turner, who was works as a security guard at the The Athletes’ Village in London, put his name forward. Josh was recommended by his friend Andy White, who runs bodyguard firm Occasion Security, which has also helped at the Olympics.
Amanda, who was diagnosed with bone cancer two years ago, said: ‘I’m so proud of them for doing this. It’s remarkable they had the confidence to ask the stars to sign. And it’s humbling that they did.’
The tennis balls are on sale for 99p. Due to security reasons the caps will not be on eBay until the day after the Paralympic Games.