Touching the torch

St Helen's J&I are doing the Race For Life with Mick Cordall and his Olympic Torch

St Helen's J&I are doing the Race For Life with Mick Cordall and his Olympic Torch

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CHILDREN were given the chance of a life time when Olympic torch bearers visited their schools.

Hemsworth’s Mick Cordall, who carried the torch through Ackworth, visited St Helen’s J&I School.

St Helen's J&I are doing the Race For Life with Mick Cordall and his Olympic Torch

St Helen's J&I are doing the Race For Life with Mick Cordall and his Olympic Torch

He also joined staff and pupils in Cancer Research UK’s Race at Our Place to help raise more than £1,000 last Wednesday.

Lyn Jennings, deputy headteacher, said: “The children got really excited about the torch, and a lot of the staff did as well.

“A lot of the pupils hadn’t managed to see the torch in Ackworth so it was great, they were really excited.”

Torch bearer Dave Allemby visited Upton Primary School on Friday, July 29.

Mr Allemby, who suffers with a skin condition called Vitiligo, was chosen to carry the torch because of his fundraising efforts for the charity, the Vitiligo Society.

The active marathon runner held an assembly for the pupils where he explained what it was like to run with the torch and represent his town.

Zowie Whinfrey, high level teaching assistant, said: “The children were all really excited and quite shocked that they were getting the chance to touch an Olympic torch.”