22 May 2012
A British Red Cross fundraiser from Bristol will see her voluntary work rewarded when she grabs the Olympic torch today.
Sally Roberts, 42, from Fishponds in Bristol, was chosen to take part in the Olympic flame relay after entering an online competition. Sally, who suffers from severe epilepsy, regularly volunteers as a fundraiser for the Red Cross and other charities, taking part in everything from bucket collections to sponsored swims.
Sally is one of 11 torchbearers with links to the Red Cross carrying the Olympic flame on its journey around the UK in the coming months. But they are not the organisation’s only connection to the games – the Red Cross will also provide first aid cover at Victoria, King’s Cross, London Bridge, Paddington and Liverpool Street stations, which are set to receive thousands of extra visitors every day when the Games themselves begin.
The Red Cross will also be on hand to provide first aid at public celebrations in Weymouth, which will host the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events, as well as along the torch relay route and at live screenings in London. Finally, the Red Cross is offering first aid training for residents in areas set to receive high numbers of visitors.
The torch arrived in the UK on Friday. Those who’ve carried it so far include champion sailor Ben Ainslie, rock band Muse and a former Royal Marine seriously injured while on duty in Afghanistan. A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame around Britain until it arrives in the Olympic Stadium in London for the opening ceremony on 27 July.