Children's hospice founder will carry Olympic flame

Children's hospice founder will carry Olympic flame

Francis Batt

Children's hospice founder will carry Olympic flame

A mum whose fight to build a children's hospice made her an inspiration has been chosen to be an Olympic torch carrier this summer.

Fiona Devine was chosen after receiving multiple nominations to be one of the 8,000 people carrying the flame across the UK on the way to the stadium.

She said: "It is an incredible honour to be chosen and to have a place in such a historic event. Thank you to everyone who nominated me and I will do my best to do you all proud.

"As you may know, I'm now in full training for the Windsor half marathon so I should definitely be able to run my 300m with the Olympic torch by July 8."

Fiona's husband John said: "I could not be more proud of Fiona. She works tirelessly to continue the vital work of our charity and I am sure our son Alexander who loved his sport will be looking down very proudly, as she makes her historic journey with the Olympic flame."

Dedworth couple John and Fiona set up the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice service in memory of their son who died in 2006 from a rare brain tumour aged eight. Looking for a project to bear his name they came to realise there was a need for a children's hospice in Berkshire.

A donor has already given the charity a six acre site at Woodlands Park near Maidenhead and £1.2 million has been raised in four years to build the hospice. The charity also funds two Alexander's nurses who support children with life-limiting illnesses in their own homes across the county.

Bray resident Sir Michael Parkinson is a patron.

The Olympic torch will be carried by Fiona through Hemel Hempstead on Sunday, July 8 before heading south through Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Ascot and Bracknell to Reading.

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