A young Rotherham Olympic torchbearer has brought delight to children on Rotherham Hospital’s wards.
Jack Waring, 17, from Dinnington was selected as one of Great Britain’s 8000 torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium in London.
The Dinnington-sixth-form student kindly decided to ‘give something back’ to children at the hospital, part of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, a place where Jack spent time as a child.
Jack, a wheelchair user, carried the torch 300meters through Queensway in Scunthorpe as the flame passed along the Sheffield to Cleethorpes route.
A player for Great Britain’s Wheelchair Basketball team, Jack was nominated to be a torch bearer by his mum, Lorraine and by his sports coaches who describe him as having a very positive outlook on life and being ‘inspirational’ to others.
Jack commented: “I have a real passion for getting sport into local communities and taking the torch out into Rotherham is a great way of doing this. It has given me a great sense of national pride and it has been great to see everyone united in their support for the games.
“It is my pleasure to bring the torch to the hospital. Through experience I know how much it means to young people in hospital to have a bit of excitement brought to them.”
Jack has used a wheelchair since he was 14 after treatment for an ear condition caused him to collapse and lose the use of his legs. Jack’s case is rare and medics have so far been unable to say for certain what has led Jack’s condition.
Jack’s mum, Lorraine Waring said: “Jack was so down when he first had to use the wheelchair but he soon began to show us all that what seemed to be the blackest clouds had a very bright lining.
“He has such great courage and a very positive outlook on life. He gives so much back through his sports coaching and by speaking with local school children. I am really proud of how thoughtful he has been by bringing the torch into the hospital.”
Peter Lee, Chairman of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, commented: “It is so inspirational for Jack to be this generous by bringing the torch into Rotherham Hospital. It really is a great example of how our patients are committed to giving back to services following their experiences at the Trust.
“The kids were thrilled to bits and activities such as this are a wonderful by-product of the Olympics.”