Olympic torches visit Hospice

27 July 2012

Three special men who proudly carried the Olympic torch locally have visited the Hospice to share a little bit of the Olympic magic with our patients.

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   Roy Wood - proudly displaying his torch during a recent visit.

When staff at the Hospice first heard that the Olympic Torch route was going through Hindley, they thought it would be a wonderful experience if some patients could be on the route and have the chance to see the torch and maybe even touch it.

Proud torchbearers

17 year old Cameron Foster was chosen by the Olympic Committee as a torchbearer because of the charitable work he has done since he was 9 years old.  He has even set up his own charity to help disadvantaged children abroad.  To date he has raised an amazing £25,000 for charity.

14 year old Ben Johnson is also a young man keen on charitable support.  Amongst numerous other things, he has completed thebManchesterbto Blackpool Bike ride in aid of the Hospice twice.  Ben is also a keen amateur wrestler and aUKwrestling champion.

Local man Roy Ward was nominated to carry the torch by the BBC, as the UK's 'Unsung Hero' for his many years' fundraising. Roy is also one of Britain's top wrestling coaches. He has trained many local and national champions, including Ben. At the London Olympics Roy is coach to no less than 9 Oceanic countries, includingAustralia!

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                            Torch bearers Cameron and Ben                                    

Day Hospice delight

The Day Hospice operates 3 days a week, with different patients each weekday.  Cameron lit up the lives of Monday patients and volunteers.  Ben illuminated the lives of those on Tuesdays and Roy amazed even more on Wednesday when he told them why he was chosen.

Words cannot adequately describe the look of amazement on their faces, leading to elation and joy, when each of them made an appearance dressed in their Olympic track suit and carrying their very own Olympic torch.

What a memory and experience for people who are living with a serious illness, to be able to meet, great and talk to these very special people.  To actually hold the Olympic Torch and have a permanent photographic record was amazing and inspiring for everyone involved.

Disappointment turns into delight

Day Hospice Manager Jane Hastry said, "We were originally disappointed when we couldn't manage to arrange for a few patients to be on the torch route.  But thanks to these three wonderful, stimulating people, what transpired was much, much better. Not only did many more patients see the iconic emblem; but had their photo taken holding the torch with three very motivating individuals.  What a wonderful memento to show their families. We were all blown away by this amazing once in a lifetime experience.  On behalf of us all at the Hospice - a very big Thank You to these three inspirational people."

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