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Award Holder to carry torch through Rye

on Wednesday 18th July at 9.44am.

12 year old Lauren Gander from Bexhill on Sea who was born with spina bifida and doctors warned that she may never walk or lead a normal life, has beaten the odds and will be able to walk and carry the Olympic Torch in Rye on 18th July.

Lauren was chosen to carry the torch as she has dedicated her time to helping other families and children and raised £180,000 for charity. She will be one of the youngest people to carry the torch in Rye.

Lauren said: “I am delighted that I am the youngest person in the Rye group who will carry the Olympic Torch. It is a huge honour and I am thrilled that I will be able to walk with the torch, as doctors thought I may never be able to walk.”

Lauren learned to walk and has even danced at the West End. She has organised various fundraising activities, including sponsored walks, glider flights 3,000 feet in the air, zipsliding off bridges, sky diving and sleeping in a cardboard box!

Lauren’s dedication to fundraising was rewared last year when she was presented with the Diana Champion Fundraiser Award.

Lauren Gander & Diana Award Patron Esther Rantzen

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