Olympics tickets for Amanda and troops

HAPPY Amanda Edwards with her son, Henry
HAPPY Amanda Edwards with her son, Henry
James Rhodes from Waterlooville with the medal he and his surviving shipmates have have been awarded for their work on the supply convoys which helped The Netherlands during the second world war     
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AFTER a tough tour of duty in Afghanistan, navy surgeon Amanda Edwards is thrilled to be rewarded with free tickets to the Olympics.

Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Edwards, who lives in Fareham with her navy husband Lieutenant David Armstrong and their one-year-old son Henry, will be watching the women’s hockey next week thanks to charity Tickets for Troops.

She said: ‘I felt over the moon to have tickets to see the Olympics. It’s a once in a life time opportunity and I can’t wait to go.

‘It’s very humbling that we are thought of in such regard that organisations deem fit to donate tickets for our enjoyment.’

Amanda is one of 10,000 troops to receive free Olympics seats in the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme which raised the money to pay for them through a levy placed on hospitality packages.

London Games organiser Lord Coe said he was ‘absolutely delighted’ to donate the tickets to the armed forces.

Kate Walsh, who is captain of the Team GB hockey squad, added: ‘I hope we can put in a great team performance and make them as proud of us as we are of them.’