Olympic torch bearer Sharon goes the extra mileBy Becky Barnes
July 09, 2012
A communications industry worker from Warfield was nominated to be a Torchbearer for her excellent customer service and volunteer work and will carry the torch through her home town.
Sharon Barton from Whitegrove is part of the legal team at Vodafone’s headquarters in Newbury, where she is said to “go the extra mile” for customers.
Her nominator said: “She constantly pushes for improving the position for our customers and ensuring our products and propositions are clear, simple and honest.
“She’s a great asset to the team due to the way in which she will always argue the customer’s point of view and legal rights, whilst recognising the challenges of the business.
“Her strength of belief in the importance of our customers is second to none – she truly goes the extra mile for customers.”
Sharon was delighted when she heard.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out the news I’d been selected. It came completely out of the blue.”
Sharon was also nominated for volunteering with the Salvation Army every Christmas for the last three years.
The 34-year-old said: “I’ve grown up in Bracknell, so to be able to carry the torch through my home town is a privilege.
“It also means hopefully my friends and family can come and support me as well.”
Sharon will be one of nine Torchbearers carrying the flame as it makes its way along London Road, Millennium Way and Skimped Hill Lane.
She said she was looking forward to finding out what part of the route she will be running and receiving her uniform.
She said: “I’m very grateful to Samsung for this opportunity, and the company’s generosity in gifting me the torch.
“It’s something I will pass on to my best friend’s children and something they will always cherish.
“I’m so excited about the opportunity – I just can’t wait.”