The Paralympic Games are almost here and the founder of national disability charity Action For Kids and two of the charity’s beneficiaries played their parts in the 24-hour London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay last night.
Sally Bishop, who set up the north London-based disabled young people’s charity 21 years ago, had been chosen as one of the inspirational people to help light the way to the Games.
And she was joined by two equally inspiring young women that her charity has helped - disabled dance teacher, Lorna Marsh, 33, founder of website smoothwheels.co.uk to help disabled people travelling around the UK, and learning support assistant Lizzie Rose, 23 who, despite being a wheelchair user because of a condition that causes her joints to dislocate, works with children with special needs.
The three women were selected through public nomination campaigns run by BT, Lloyds TSB and Sainsbury’s as well as the British Paralympic Association, the International Paralympic Committee and other London 2012 sponsors and chosen for the way they represent the Paralympic Values.
Sally, Lorna and Lizzie formed part of a team of five carrying the London 2012 Paralympic Flame from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire along Mandeville Road at just after 8.30pm on Tuesday 28 August. They each carried their own Torch and passed the Flame between one another, as they completed their section of the Relay.
“It was such an honour for us all to have been chosen to carry the Flame during the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay,” Sally Bishop said. “It really was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that we will never forget.”
The London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay started at 8pm on Tuesday 28 August and the Paralympic Flame will be carried 92 miles by 580 inspirational Torchbearers, working in teams of five, from Stoke Mandeville - the birthplace of the Paralympic Games - to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, to officially open the London 2012 Paralympic Games tonight.
The Relay travelled through some of the communities of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, before visiting all six host boroughs and a number of London landmarks, including Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and Trafalgar Square.
The Relay has a distinctive and unique voice: celebrating the power of human endeavour and energy in the run up to the Paralympic Games.
Action For Kids, which celebrates its 21st Birthday this year, is a national charity that supports children and young people with physical and learning disabilities find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of appropriate aid and support. To find out more about Action For Kids and its work, please visit the website www.actionforkids.org