Torchbearers set to light up LBO-land

Penny Green is to carry the Olympic Torch.
Penny Green is to carry the Olympic Torch.

AN inspiring Eaton Bray mum will next week lead the line of LBO-land elites entrusted to carry the Olympic Flame, supported by hundreds of friends in the worldwide Down’s Syndrome community.

Penny Green, 51, of Cantilupe Close, will become one of the 8,000 Olympic Torchbearers when she carries the flame on it’s final stage through Dunstable on July 9.

The mum, who is director of the national Down’s Heart Group (DHG), came up with the idea of printing t-shirts to be worn by supporters on the day, featuring the names of individuals and organisations who couldn’t make the event in person.

In total the names of 215 individuals with Down’s Syndrome and 34 organisations representing 35 different countries feature on the T-shirts together with the names of 25 more who are sadly missed by their families following their deaths, including Penny’s own son.

It was following this tragic event, her second son Daniel lived for just 100 days before succumbing to the condition in 1989, that Penny began her involvement with Down’s Heart Group which continues to this day.

Speaking after the announcement, Penny said: “This is a terrific honour for me and I am proud to be able to represent so many wonderful friends from all over the world.”

Other LBO-land Torchbearers include Vandyke Upper’s Emma Marks, 15-year-old Matt Roche and Bruce Benedickter, 45, all from Leighton Buzzard.

As well as Penny, 18-year-old Charlotte Ellis will also be flying the flame for Eaton Bray, while Pitstone community leader Katrina Blunt also got the nod.

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