A group from Redbourn, Hertfordshire are amongst the first 332 people who have been chosen to carry the Paralympic Flame the as Torchbearers in the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay announced today.
A team of people from St Luke’s in Redbourn, Hertfordshire, who were nominated through the BT campaign, will be part of the 24 hour overnight relay that will carry the Flame from Stoke Mandeville to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Wednesday 29 August. The team from St Luke’s, a special school in Redbourn, have managed to fundraise £48,000 in three years. The money raised has enabled the school to install a state of the art interactive sensory room and some much needed playground equipment.
The majority of the 332 Torchbearers announced today were successful through the public nomination campaigns run by BT, Lloyds TSB and Sainsbury’s, as well as those chosen by the British Paralympic Association. They all sought to find teams and individuals from across the UK that who have demonstrated the Paralympic values of courage, determination, equality and inspiration.
Seb Coe, Chairman of LOCOG, said: “Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate someone in one of the three campaigns. For the first time we get to hear some of the inspirational stories of the teams and individuals that have been selected to carry the Paralympic Flame. Whether they have been together for years or have been brought together around a common story, they have all demonstrated how they are living the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality.”
Chairman of the Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners Board, Derrick Ashley, said “I am delighted that a community in Hertfordshire has been chosen to participate in the Paralympic Torch Relay, this is a perfect opportunity to take part and showcase the inspirational work and endeavour of local people. Also in St Albans, Hertfordshire has the honour of hosting a Flame Celebration for the Paralympic Torch Relay. I’m sure the people of St Albans will celebrate the spirit and values of the Paralympic Movement and make it a memorable occasion for all those that live, work and visit Hertfordshire.”
St Albans is one of 36 communities from across the UK have taken the opportunity to host Flame Celebration’s over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Each celebration will be unique and have a flavour of the local area but will have the Paralympic values at its core.