McDonald’s staff get Paralympics call-up

Patrick Mahon, Terry Toseland, Esthefani Payano and Zoe Larbey outside McDonald's in Wellingborough town centre

Patrick Mahon, Terry Toseland, Esthefani Payano and Zoe Larbey outside McDonald's in Wellingborough town centre

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MCDONALD’S staff from across the north of the county have been called up for the burger chain’s elite Paralympics team.

A total of 10 workers from restaurants in Wellingborough, Raunds and Corby have been selected to work in London during the games in August.

They are part of a 2,000 strong squad of McDonald’s staff chosen from more than 87,000 workers following a rigorous test of their speed, customer service and ability to work as part of a team.

Esthefani Payano, 20, who is one of four staff from the Wilby Way MacDonald’s in Wellingborough selected for the team, said: “I feel so lucky to have been selected. Being given the chance to work at the games will be the biggest recognition of my hard work yet and it’s a great feeling knowing how proud my family is of my achievement.

“I’m looking forward to spending the time in London, and soaking up the atmosphere from the games – this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I’m going to make the most of it.”

The team will be helping to serve an estimated 1.75 million meals in 29 days to 9.7 million spectators, a workforce of 200,000 and 17,000 athletes and team officials.

Zoe Larbey, 19, is one of two workers from the Raunds restaurant going to the games, said: “I think it’s going to be quite manic. We know we are working at the Paralympics, but we don’t know which stadium we’ll be working in yet.”

Three members of staff from the McDonald’s in The Peel Centre, Phoenix Park Way, Corby, will also be going to London to work in and around the Olympic park during the Paralympics.

Perry Akhtar, franchise owner of the Wellingborough and Raunds McDonald’s, said: “I’m delighted that so many staff from have been chosen to take part in this fantastic opportunity. McDonald’s was looking for its very best people. They will have to step up their performance to meet the challenges of the Games – a challenge I’m sure our team will more than rise to.”