David’s fired up for torch relay
David Pope, pictured with fellow Peterborough Lions Club members, will carry the Olympic torch in Hatfield. A CHARITY stalwart is set to enjoy a brush with flame after being picked to carry the Olympic torch.
Peterborough man David Pope is one of 8,000 inspirational figures chosen to bear the Olympic flame as it makes its way around the country in the run-up to the 2012 Games.
The 51-year-old will carry the flame on Day 51 of the Olympic Torch Relay – through Hatfield on July 8 – after being awarded a torch bearer place by his employer and London 2012 sponsor BT.
The firm invited nominations for its 70 places from more than 100,000 of its employees worldwide, with David being nominated by a colleague for his charity work with the Lions.
David, from Orton Wistow, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been chosen and to have my service to the Lions recognised in such as prestigious way.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to touch the Olympic torch – let alone run with it. The memory will live with me forever.”
The father-of-two, a senior project manager with BT Openreach, has been involved with Lions Clubs International for more than 32 years.
He joined the junior section of Peterborough Lions Club, the Leos, as a teenager in 1980 and held various posts before being elected national president covering the UK, Channel Islands and the whole of Ireland in 1990.
He then joined Peterborough Lions Club in 1991 and is currently its secretary.
His nomination specifically mentioned a charity trek along the Great Wall of China he undertook with his family last August.
David, his wife Claire and daughters Imogen and Isabelle
They had hoped to raise £250 for the Lions Eye Camp programme, which helps restore sight to people across the world – but they managed to raise a bumper £2,250.
Davidsaidhehasbeeninundated with people congratulating him on becoming an Olympic torch bearer, and says he can’t wait to play his part in history.
He added: “This is a fabulous way of recognising our unsung heroes. There are many hundreds of individuals willingly giving their own time to their local community, and I am carrying the torch for them.” CHARITY: David and family during their recent trek along the Great Wall of China which raised £2,250 for the Lions Eye Camp programme. completed the 10km trek as part of a family holiday to China to celebrate David and Claire’s 50th birthdays last February.
The relay lasts for 70 days, from May 19 to July 27, and visits 1,021 communities.
There are 8,000 torchbearers, each carrying the torch for an average distance of 300 metres.
An average of 110 torchbearers take part in the relay each day.
41 per cent of torchbearers are female and 9 per cent are male. 8,000 circles perforate the design of the torch, representing each one of the torchbearers taking part.
The torch is 800mm in height, weighs 1kg and burns for at least 10 minutes at a time.
There are approximately 3 0 crew on the torch relay.
During the relay the crew will sleep in 14,184 hotels and eat 7 ,600 meals.
There are 14 vehicles in the Olympic Torch Relay convoy.
The Olympic flame will travel on 68 different modes of transport.
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