Sue’s going the extra mile to help charities ahead of torch relay

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A DONINGTON woman has got a big week ahead as she gears up to carry the Olympic torch and participate in the Great North Swim.

Sue Holland-Leavens will travel to Lake Windermere in the Lake District on Sunday for the one-mile open water challenge, which she expects to complete in around two hours.

She will be joined for the second year running by friend Margaret Barker, who used to live in Crowland – but Sue’s son Will is unable to join them this year because of his study commitments.

Sue, who suffers from arthritis of the spine, will then return to Lincolnshire in readiness for her time in the spotlight as she carries the Olympic torch on a section of its journey through Lincoln.

She said: “I am hoping Lake Windermere isn’t going to be as cold as it was last year, but I’m looking forward to taking part in the Great North Swim.

“The hardest part is getting in – once you’re acclimatised it’s not too bad.”

Sue hopes her efforts will raise about £300 to be split between two causes close to her heart.

CP Sport is a charity which encourages people with cerebral palsy to take part in sport, while HemiHelp supports young people, like her son Will (21), who have hemiplegia.

To support Sue’s efforts, go to virginmoneygiving.com and enter her name.

Sue’s Olympic relay stint will see her receive the torch at about 6.30pm next Wednesday, in Yarborough Crescent, Lincoln, where she will be cheered on for the 300m section by a crowd of family and friends.

She was nominated to be a torch-bearer because of her charity fundraising over a number of years.

She said: “I am looking forward to that with some degree of trepidation.

“I can’t run because of my condition so I will be walking it and I just can’t believe so many of my family and friends are going to be there.

“I think it’s fantastic that there are three torchbearers from Donington.”