Ben is Buxton’s Olympic hope

Ben Hope looking forward to carrying the Olympic Torch
Ben Hope looking forward to carrying the Olympic Torch
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Buxton’s Ben Hope is in with a chance to carry the Olympic Flame when it travels through the streets of Buxton next year as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

He is one of the local heroes – who have gone the extra mile – chosen to be considered for the honour.

Ben, 16, from Buxton, has been nominated by his local bowling club, Buxton Park.

Over the last three years Ben has been actively raising funds for a variety of charitable organisations and his bowling club.

In 2009 Ben cycled 150 miles across England raising £1,500 for the local neo-natal intensive care units and a neo-natal transport team who cared for his sister Charlee when she was born prematurely.

In 2010 he cycled 250 miles across Scotland, raising £350 to go towards the refurbishment of the bowling club, and this year he raised £1,000 for Help for Heroes after cycling across England for a second time.

Ben now hopes to join the local Mountain Rescue Team. He said: “To be in with a chance of carrying the Olympic Flame is amazing.

“When I decided to participate in the challenges of the past couple of years, I never expected to receive this type of recognition.

“It would be a great honour to represent Buxton in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.”

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will take place in the run-up to next year’s Games and sees the Olympic Flame travelling over 8,000 miles and being carried across the UK over 70 days, before arriving at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27 2012, visiting Buxton along the way.

Relay sponsor Samsung has had over 16,000 nominations from across the UK to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay and will be announcing the final 8,000 Olympic Torchbearers from early next year.