Torchbearer Doris gets set to inspire others
Retirement is often seen by many as an opportunity to wind down and enjoy a slower pace of life.
But not for 72-year-old grandmother Doris Collins from Lancaster.
Over the years she has spent her spare time raising money for charity in some of the most adrenaline fuelled ways possible.
As well as taking part in parachute jumps, abseils and zooming down a zip wire, Doris also completed a five-day trek along the Machu Pichu trail.
On June 22 she will cap it all off by carrying the Olympic Torch through Lancaster, having been nominated by two friends for the way in which she has inspired others.
As an official Torchbearer Doris is able to keep the torch which she carries – but while others have tried to sell theirs for vast profit, Doris has remained true to her principles and will be presenting it to the city of Lancaster.
As well as acting as a lasting memento to the day the Torch came through the district, plans are being drawn up to ensure that it can be celebrated and accessed by the district’s communities.
Coun Ron Sands, Cabinet member with responsibility for tourism, said: “It is fantastic news that Doris has very kindly offered her torch to the council to retain on behalf of the entire community.
“This will be without doubt a very special part of the legacy of this once in a lifetime occasion and keep our memories of that special day when the Olympic Torch passed through our district shine as bright as the torch itself for many years to come."
Date Updated: 13/06/12