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Trust Volunteer is Leading light for Rotherham

09 Sep 2011 16:14:39

A Rotherham Hospital volunteer has been nominated to be a torchbearer for next Year’s London Olympics. 

Volunteer, Christine Welburn, 66, survived a stroke in 2008 and as a result had to re-train her brain to carryout everyday tasks such as walking and talking. 

Gemma Morgan, Speech and Language Therapist at The Rotherham Foundation Trust and Natalie Wing who also volunteers for the Trust, nominated Christine to be a torchbearer. 

Christine is now a volunteer with the Communication Partners Service and helps other stroke survivors who have Aphasia (an impairment of language ability) to recover and come to terms with the changes to their lives following their illness. 

Gemma commented: “I feel that Christine would be the perfect torchbearer, she inspires me every day and has the potential to inspire other stroke survivors across the world.” 

A total of 2,012 torchbearers will be selected to carry the Olympic Flame as part of the ‘Moment to Shine’ ceremony and torchbearers will be selected by a panel of 12 judges. The shortlist is made up of those who have inspirational stories of personal achievement or who have shown exceptional dedication to their local community. 

Around 28,000 torchbearer nominations have been received by the London 2012 Torch Relay team, giving each individual nominated a one in 14 chance of being selected to take part in the ceremony. 

Nominees are due to find out if they have been selected in early December 2011. 


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