The Olympic Torch 28th June 2012

28th JUNE 2012

 

Taking a bit of time out of toy trains this morning I’ve been following people running about carrying sticks of fire.

Ben Gibbons, lights the Olympic Torch for Jason Hazard (023) above the A1 in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire

Ben Gibbons


Ben’s nomination story
Ben is a quiet reserved lad, but inspirational in everyway, I feel he would be a excellent candidate for carrying the Olympic torch through Lincoln in 2012. Tragically Ben`s younger brother had a brain haemorrhage on New Years Day 2008, and sadly passed away on the 4th January. Ben never left his side, reading and talking to him. Ben had not just lost his brother but also his best friend. They supported one another in every aspect of life. Adam was a real sportsman, achieving in many sports and was at Lincoln University studying Sport when tragedy struck. A charity was set up in Adam`s memory to raise money to help local youngsters to reach their potential in sport. This is what Adam wanted to do so Ben was determined to fulfil Adam`s wishes. He knew Adam would have been excited about the Olympics and it was his intention to be there helping somehow. Many events for the charity Ben organises, never complaining. He ran the 10k for him wearing his brother`s photograph on his back. He organises an annual football tournament in Cherry Willingham, which is a huge success with many of Adam`s friends there, and last year cycled from John`O Groats to Lands End with 3 friends. He spends many hours dealing with applications. Ben does not receive anything for doing this and certainly would not want to. While Ben is busy with all this, he holds down a full time job with young children with additional needs and studies at Bishop Grosseteste to become a teacher.

Jason Hazard


Jason’s nomination story
My little brother Jason, displays a unyielding commitment to his community every day! He has been a police constable now for just over two years and his dedication to his work and the community is inspirational! He received a comendation for the successful recovery of a gentleman’s life before he had even passed his probationary period!! There is no job too big or too small for Jason and he often works past his shift to ensure that a thorough job has been done! He even cut his first holiday in 2 years short to come back to work! All of this he juggles with his role within the RAF Auxiliaries, which he dedicates much of his spare time too. On top of all this, the boy regularly participates in runs for charity and has recently completed the three peaks challenege! I believe that this would be a great honour for Jason and I can’t think of anyone that deserves it more!

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