Helping to carry the flame | 20 July 2012

Simon as Olympic Torch bearer

Simon was one of 8,000 people who helped carry the Olympic flame [photo: Tim Hawkings]

Simon helped carry the Olympic flame through Bletchingley on 20 July 2012 during the Surrey leg of its 70-day trip around the UK.

He works at the New Victoria Theatre Woking as a member of the Stage Door and Front Of House teams. Before doing this job, Simon, who is a wheelchair user, has worked with children with special needs, has been involved in numerous fundraising activities and events, was a volunteer at Woking Hospice for seven years and a regular volunteer at the White Lodge Centre to mention just a few of the activities he has undertaken.

Simon commented, “The torch and Olympic flame  belong to us all and symbolise many things: hope; coming together in community;  peace;  equality; the power of  teamwork; and a new beginning. 30 million people (half of the UK population) came out  to see the torch and help send it on it journey – it was very humbling to play a small part in that and then bring home the torch to the heart of  my community.”

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