Olympic torch bearer Thomas gets help from fellow carriers

Olympic torch bearers (from left) Thomas Giddings, Mandy Woods, Amanda Scase and Shannon Williams-Holland at High Bridge in Spalding.
Olympic torch bearers (from left) Thomas Giddings, Mandy Woods, Amanda Scase and Shannon Williams-Holland at High Bridge in Spalding.
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INSPIRATIONAL athletes from South Holland who will be living the dream by carrying the Olympic torch in their own district are already showing why they were chosen.

Team South Holland – Mandy Woods (49), Shannon Williams-Holland (15), Amanda Scase (29) and Thomas Giddings (19) – met in Spalding on Wednesday with only inflatable torches to help them imagine what it will be like on the day of the relay on July 4.

But when they heard Thomas would be the only one having to fork out £199 to keep his torch after the event, they decided to do some fundraising to cover the cost.

Amanda said: “Mandy, Shannon and I are sponsored by Coca-Cola and have our torches bought for us, but Thomas has to pay Samsung £199 if he wants to keep his.

“He’s saving up to study medicine at university and it just doesn’t seem fair, so we want to raise the money for him.”

The four are already forming friendships for life and planning to share their good fortune by taking the torches into schools after the event. Amanda said: “We want to inspire others that they can achieve great things.”

Each of the torch bearers has a different story to tell.

l Amanda, of Spalding, works as a commercial quality manager at HSBC. She is a Girl Guide leader in Pinchbeck and last year led a cultural exchange to Minsk, Belarus.

l Shannon, of Donington, attends Boston High School and cares for her mum, who has ME. She supports others like herself as a member of the Young Carers’ Partnership and Action for Young Carers.

l Mandy, a Spalding Nationwide customer representative who lives in Holbeach, only started running four years ago and is now leading the way for others of her age after doing the London Marathon.

l Thomas, of Spalding, represents Lives First Responders is a member of the Royal Greenwich Scouts Medical Team.

Anyone who would like to help sponsor his torch is asked to email amandascase_99@yahoo.co.uk