Olympic honour for Ben

Olympic torch carrier Ben Hope
Olympic torch carrier Ben Hope
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A COMMUNITY-SPIRITED teenager has described his selection as a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer as a “great honour”.

Ben Hope, from Buxton, has been chosen to carry the flame during its passage through Darley Dale in recognition of his fundraising efforts.

The Buxton Community School sixth-form student said: “It’s a great honour and I’m definitely looking forward to it.

“I never expected to get accepted – I was just pleased to have been nominated!”

Ben, 17, was put forward by his local bowling club, Buxton Park.

In 2010, he raised £350 towards the refurbishment of the club after completing a 250-mile cycle ride across Scotland.

He had cycled 150 miles across England the previous year to raise £1,500 to support the work of two local neonatal intensive care units and a neonatal transport team who were involved with the life-saving care of his younger sister.

And a similar bike ride last year raised £1,000 for Help for Heroes.

The Olympic Torch will travel 8,000 miles across the UK, over 70 days, in the run-up to the London Games, visiting Buxton along the way.