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Former cancer patient from Solihull turns torch bearer

TORCH bearer Lorraine Ashford has carried the Olympic flame as it passed through Cardiff, in recognition of her years of volunteer work.

TORCH bearer Lorraine Ashford has carried the Olympic flame as it passed through Cardiff, in recognition of her years of volunteer work.

Lorraine, from Hillfield, Solihull, was devastated after being diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago.

But after battling through the disease, with the help of support group Breast Friends, she decided she wanted to give something back and has dedicated her spare time to help the charity.

In recognition of her hard work, the 53-year-old was nominated by colleagues at British Airways to become a torch bearer as it passed through Cardiff on May 26.

“I was very honoured to be recognised,” said Lorraine. “It’s great to think your efforts are helping others. I had a coach load of supporters come down from Solihull Breast Friends to cheer me on which was wonderful.”

The flight attendant and purser was one of 40 BA employees, of 500 nominated, to receive the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch as it makes its way to London for the 2012 Games.

Despite her nerves, Lorraine said carrying the torch had been a very special experience.

“It was an absolutely exhilarating day,” she said. “Words can’t describe how fantastic it was. It made me feel so uplifted, emotional.

“I had been very nervous but excited at the same time.

“There was a jubilant atmosphere amongst the crowd. You had people running alongside with their own homemade torches. It was wonderful.”

 

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