Olympic winner Sally Gunnell is the new patron of Sussex Search and Rescue.
Sally, 50, who lives in Steyning, is a former Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion and was awarded the OBE for her dedication.
Sussex Search and Rescue is the primary volunteer resource used by Sussex Police to search for vulnerable missing people. The charity is on call 24 hours every day throughout the year and receives no government funding.
Sally retired as a competing athlete in September 1997 after a successful running career which saw her claim two Olympic, three World, two European and six Commonwealth medals. She is the only female 400m hurdler in history to have won the Olympic and World titles and broken the world record.
She will now be the face of Sussex Search and Rescue, showing her support of the charity and its volunteers.
Since retiring Sally has spent much of her time working as a television presenter and focusing on her business which offers a Corporate Wellbeing Programme to help companies tackle health and wellness issues in the workplace. She will now also focus on supporting Sussex Search and Rescue and looks forward to the challenge.
Sally said: “I am delighted to be able to support such a wonderful charity.
“The service that Sussex Search and Rescue offers is vital for our community and these volunteers give so much time and effort to help those that need them the most across Sussex.
“I hope that I will be able to support SusSAR as it aims to raise vital funds it requires to remain operational as well as assist with spreading the word of upcoming projects, announcements and the great work they do.”
Danny Wood, chairman of Sussex Search and Rescue said: “Sally Gunnell is one of Britain’s greatest ever athletes and we are proud to be able to call her our Patron.
To find out more about Sussex Search and Rescue, or if you wish to donate or get involved, visit www.sussar.org