Your chance to carry the Flame

Sainsburys offer the chance to carry the Paralympic flame ,Staff left to right Wendy Younger,Fiona Daplyn,Paul Miller,Alan Sunderland promote the event.Picture Richard Ponter.120424a.
Sainsburys offer the chance to carry the Paralympic flame ,Staff left to right Wendy Younger,Fiona Daplyn,Paul Miller,Alan Sunderland promote the event.Picture Richard Ponter.120424a.

SHOPPERS in Scarborough have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to become involved with the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Sainsbury’s in Falsgrave Road is on the search for a community champion to carry the Paralympic Flame in the torch relay taking place at the end of August.

The campaign, involving Sainsbury’s stores across the country, gives customers the chance to nominate a team or individual from their local community who they feel has inspired them.

Sainsbury’s Scarborough Store Manager Rob Brookes has encouraged people to come forward and nominate deserving local heroes.

He said: “This a great opportunity for our customers in Scarborough and surrounding areas to get involved in build up to the Paralympic Games.

“To have the opportunity of carrying the Paralympic Flame and help launch this year’s games really would be a great honour for an individual or team from North Yorkshire.

“We’re looking for nominations of people who have really made a difference by inspiring those around them.

“It’s quick and easy to nominate, so we hope the nomination process is a big success with our customers”.

A total of 100 places are available through Sainsbury’s nomination campaign, the winners of which will carry the Paralympic Flame on a 24-hour relay.

This take place overnight on August 28 from Stoke Mandeville in Aylesbury - considered to be the spiritual home of the Paralympic Movement - to the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, where the flame will be used to officially open the Paralympic Games.

Shoppers have until Tuesday, February 14 to nominate teams or individuals they feel are deserving of carrying the Paralympic Flame.

Nominations can be made by picking up a leaflet in store, by calling the helpline on 01299 382 074 or by visiting www.sainsburys.co.uk/paralympictorchrelay.

The Stoke Mandeville special ceremony brings together all four flames from London, Greater Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff to create the Paralympic Flame.