GCU staff members carry the Queens Baton as family and friends watch on

22 July 2014

Rachel Hyslop carried the Queen's Baton through Kilbarchan on Thursday, July 17.

Rachel Hyslop carried the Queen's Baton through Kilbarchan on Thursday, July 17.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) staff members Dr Noreen Siddiqui and Rachel Hyslop proudly carried the Queen’s Baton last week in the run up to the XX Commonwealth Games.

Noreen, Senior Lecturer in Glasgow School for Business and Society, joined the Queen’s Baton Relay in Newton Mearns on Wednesday, July 16. She was nominated to take part in recognition of her fundraising achievements. The mother of two has raised more than £200,000 for Anthony Nolan – a charity that helps to save the lives of people with blood cancer.

Noreen spoke of her joy at carrying the baton as her family and friends watched on. She said: “I ran with the baton then passed it to my husband Nadeem, who was also a baton bearer. I enjoyed it so much I wanted to run his stage too.

“The atmosphere was amazing and it was great to see so many people I know watch from the sidelines.”

Rachel, a School’s Coordinator in GCU’s Schools and Colleges Engagement and Transition Team (SCETT), carried the baton through Kilbarchan on Thursday, July 17. She was nominated by Dell, the multinational computer technology company, who she worked closely with for several years on GCU’s S6 Professor’s Challenge project.

Rachel said: “Carrying the baton made me feel part of the tradition of the Commonwealth Games and I think the relay is a wonderful way of showcasing the community spirit in Scotland to the rest of the Commonwealth.

“The experience has really built my enthusiasm and excitement for Glasgow 2014, and I can’t wait for it to kick off tomorrow.”

GCU and Glasgow 2014

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