A SAMARITAN volunteer has been given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch in recognition of her work with the charity.
Cherry Allsop, who gives up her spare time to work with the Solihull branch of the Samaritans, will be passed the torch in Earlswood on Sunday, July 1.
The 49-year-old is one of the 8,000 lucky people who get to carry the iconic flame as it journeys across the UK for this year’s London Olympics.
Aerospace industry worker Cherry, who was nominated for the honour by her husband David, said: “It feels like a dream come true to be chosen as a Torchbearer.
“It’s astonishing and a real honour. I am a keen runner and have completed two marathons so I intend to sprint all the way.”
Cherry has been a Samaritans volunteer for over ten years. As well as taking calls from people in distress at the borough branch of the charity, she also responds to those who get in touch by email and post.