Buxton’s Olympic torchbearers

Bill Weston MBE, founder and leader of the Billerettes
Bill Weston MBE, founder and leader of the Billerettes

EIGHT inspirational individuals will have the honour of carrying the Olympic flame when it arrives in Buxton later today.

Here are the people and why they have been chosen:

Bill Weston MBE, 72, from Buxton, has made an outstanding contribution to the local community. He is leader and founder of the Billerettes who have helped raise thousands of pounds for charity. He had also been involved in various community events and campaigns to benefit the town.

Robert Abraham, 16, from Derby, has a condition call achondroplasia. He suffers with spinal problems which causes numbness in his legs and pain in his legs and lower back. But he will not let anything stop him from taking part in sports and is a national swimmer with many medals to his name.

Maxine Smith, 35, from Derby, has battled breast cancer, and while undergoing treatment gave birth to her son. She has raised over £3,000 for charity as well as raising awareness of the disease.

David Denton, 71, from Belper, despite developing several major health issues, continues to organise numerous events. He has close ties with poor communities in the coastal state of Kerala in India, collecting UK donations and channelling them into focused education and health projects.

Imi Clark, 13, from Alfreton, has suffered severe health problems from the age of six-months-old. She is a talented swimmer and is now a member of the Derbyshire Elite Squad. Last year she beat a record, that had stood since 2000, set by Britain’s double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington.

Andy Steel, 45, from Wolverhampton, has helped turn around a struggling football club which now has 19 teams and more than 300 children taking part.

Jason Bromley, 32, from Oldham, is a remarkable young man who volunteers an amazing amount of time to worthy causes.

Alex Mccann, 34, from Altrincham, is helping to bring communities together through music.