Inspirational student carries the Olympic flame

The College was delighted to watch Health & Social Care student Sarah Thomas, 18, take part in the Olympic Torch Relay today, carrying the flame along Wenlock Road.

The inspirational 18-year-old cares for both of her parents but primarily her mother, who has multiple sclerosis.

From the age of 10, Sarah ran a youTube campaign and school projects about young carers. She has also spoken about her experiences of being a carer on BBC Radio Five Live and BBC World Service. She was awarded Carer of the Year in 2009, and International Carer of the Year in 2010.

She also had the opportunity to interview David Cameron about young carers. After the meeting, the Prime Minister warned councils against cutting funding to support services for child carers.

Lloyds TSB launched a public nomination campaign in summer 2011, asking for people to nominate those who have made a difference in their community. Former Shrewsbury College Tutor, Angelina Burgess, suggested Sarah for the torchbearer privilege.

“Sarah is a true inspiration, as well as being a hardworking and conscientious student, and a wonderful young lady,” said Angelina.

The Olympic Torch Relay will be a 70-day celebration that will travel hundreds of miles to bring the London 2012 Games to almost every community across the UK. In all, 8,000 torchbearers will get the chance of a lifetime, each carrying the Flame and, with it, a message of peace, hope, respect and friendship.

Shrewsbury College Public Services students were amongst those stewarding the event along Wenlock Road, where Sarah carried the flame.
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