Olympic dream

Sam Lewis, Simpkin Street, Abram, has been selected by Olympic organisers to carry the torch along part of the relay route in the North West
Sam Lewis, Simpkin Street, Abram, has been selected by Olympic organisers to carry the torch along part of the relay route in the North West
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SAM Lewis is set to carry the Olympic torch across the North West next year.

The 24-year-old was nominated by mum Rita to join thousands of others across the country to carry the flame, following a successful two years of fund-raising for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Sam has been offered a conditional place in the relay on June 23 by the London organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LoCoG).

Sam of Simpkin Street, Abram said: “I am really really excited, I honestly can’t describe how I felt when I found out I had been given this opportunity. I hope it encourages more people my age to get involved and raise money for worthy causes.

“This is something that will never happen again in my lifetime and being part of it is completely overwhelming.

“All family and friends are all so excited especially my two nieces and two nephews who couldn’t wait to go into school and share the news.”

Sam raised more than £8,000 in 2010 for MND and was booked to run the London Marathon in a bid to raise more vital funds.

But after fracturing her back in an indoor skydiving accident, she was unable to take part. This year, the admin assistant raised £1,700 for Parkinson’s Disease UK.

Having now recoverd from her injury, Sam has secured a place in the 2012 London Marathon.