Carrying the Paralympic torch makes our efforts worthwhile

MCHG 12-711  Abby Fermont, left, and Jane Carden are paralympic torch bearers.    The torches they are carrying were made by pupils at St.Lukes School, Redbourn where they both work.
MCHG 12-711 Abby Fermont, left, and Jane Carden are paralympic torch bearers. The torches they are carrying were made by pupils at St.Lukes School, Redbourn where they both work.

Working tirelessly to raise £48,000 to support school pupils with learning difficulties has earned five women the honour of carrying the Paralympic torch.

Abby Fermont, Jane Carden, Ros Wood, Shirley Barton and Aileen Mead are looking forward to taking part in the 24 hour torch relay on August 28 and 29.

The team from The Friends of St Luke’s School in Redbourn were chosen for their efforts in raising the cash for play equipment and an interactive sensory room for the youngsters at the school.

Abby from Wilstone said: “Many of use have children with special needs so it is hard to have time to do fundraising. It makes us really happy to be chosen to carry the torch.

“I was feeling flat after the Olympics finished but this has given me something to look forward to.”

Torch bearers for the relay from Stoke Mandeville to London will work in teams of five and will find out where they will run this week.

Jane, from Hemel Hempstead, said: “It’s going to be such an experience.”

And it won’t be just the adults living the Paralympic dream. The pupils have been allocated tickets for the games.