Olympic Torch - Northampton
Meet Your Northampton Torchbearers
Name: Andrea Goti
Name: Fern Albrighton
|Name: Andy Wightman
Nomination: Andrew Wightman is my son-in-law. He is a very highly qualified Karate teacher who has several clubs in and around Wootton in Northamptonshire. He is particularly supportive of young people and has arranged many Karate competitions for his students. He is totally committed to helping young people achieve high grades.
|Name: Carlo Bini
Nomination: I was a young officer taking a train back from Friuli to Tuscany. Somewhere in the middle of the Appenines, a freight train went off the rails and spilled over onto our track. The train I was on had no way of stopping and crashed into it. Several of the coaches flew off the viaduct, but mine remained on the escarpment. Looking around, I saw that everyone was injured. Summoning some hitherto-unknown strength I managed to open the heavy door from underneath.
|Name: Harry Barrett
Nomination: Harry's attitude is inspiring while suffering from cancer he coaches rugby volunteers at a local school and give his time to charity. Since being diagnosed with a high grade spinal cord tumour for the 2nd time in my life i have tried my very best to give back to my community and to help as many people as i can. I graduated with a 2:1 hons degree in law last summer and currently volunteer in a school in my local town. I coach rugby to school children in Northamptonshire
|Name: Hollie Coupland
Nomination: Because i have supported my county in sport and music such as county basketball county orchestra (French horn) and regional hurdles. Currently my passion is predominately sport. I try to inspire others by coaching sport at a local school because i feel that younger people are the future and hopefully they can grow up with more opportunities in life sport being one of them. Recently I have picked up hurdles as my sport and it came a shock to me when I managed to get to regional level without training.
|Name: Jenny Simpson
Nomination: Wolston Parish Council nominate Jennifer Simpson as an Olympic Torch Bearer. Jennifer is 18 years old and has already demonstrated a deep commitment to society. At school as a young teenager she acted as a mentor for younger children and later became a "bully counsellor" being a friendly sympathetic ear for younger children who felt they were being bullied. Being good with numbers she also volunteered to provide additional maths coaching for younger children who more readily accepted a younger persons approach. A keen supporter of the Girl Guides association Jennifer has been an active member since a very young age
|Name: Julia Thornton
Hometown: Stony Stratford
Nomination: Respect & Courage: Those people that know me, will know that I have a very strong set of morals which I live by in both my home life and at work. These are focused around my family and friendships, and my belief in fairness and equality. Inspiration: I have taken part in 8 consecutive Race For Life runs, raising well over £6,000 (excluding company matching) in the process. I am intending to take part in the Royal Parks half-marathon later this year, again in support of Cancer Research UK.
|Name: Kayleigh-Jayne Brewer
Nomination: Kayleigh-Jayne always helps me her nan, or anyone who needs help, even when she is at school, if someone gets hurt she will go out of her way to help them. She also has Asthma and is also a Coeliac from a very early age, she will also be going on a hike for Alzheimer's disease in a few ,weeks time, I and her mum, will be going on this walk with her. So I would like to nominate Kayleigh-Jayne, for the opportunity of a lifetime she will never forget.
|Name: Marlene Freeman
Nomination: Marlene Freeman is an icon and inspiration in our village. Known by generations of village children as the kindly school crossing patrol for the last 38 years, always having a friendly word for crossers (including random adults) as she successfully controls the traffic on the busy A509. Children also know her through being a lunchtime supervisor at the village school for 20 years, and is seen cleaning the village bus shelter, an appointment she has held unbroken for 33 years.
|Name: Norman Britton
Nomination: Chris lives and breathes sport, especially football. He has coached children in Windsor for over 7 years and has managed Windsor Great Park FC for several years. Windsor Great Park us an adult side, but has been an outlet for youngsters becoming adults for many years now. It has been wonderful watching the children growing and developing into adult footballers. Chris has had several players trial for major sides such as Chelsea, Reading, Crystal Palace and West Ham
|Name: Paul Davies
Nomination: My best friend was shot dead this year. I have established a charity in his honour to inspire young people to be a positive force in society. The charity myself and my friend have established is called Always A Chance. We have raised £100000 in 12 weeks and hope to raise £1million within 12 months. The money will be used to support and initiate projects which provide opportunities for young people with the aim of inspiring them to achieve greatness and steer away from the pitfalls of violent crime. This is being done in memory of James Cooper and James Kouzaris.
|Name: Philip Highley
Nomination: Philip works tirelessly for others in his local community and beyond: at a day centre, scouting and with a theatre to name a few. He is a trustee of Emmaus Charity for the Homeless and recently undertook a three week 1,200 mile bus journey around England, using his bus pass. He raised more than £1,000 for them. In 2009 he was awarded, for the 2nd time, an award for merit for outstanding service to his local community. He drives every Friday for Emmaus collecting and delivering furniture, and regularly transports blind ladies to a methodist church for a social afternoon.
|Name: Robin Briscoe
Nomination: Robin enjoys the opportunity of walking his son's to school on his way to work allowing him to interact and meet various parents, children and teachers during the daily school run. Along with this, becoming parent governor of Sandy Lane Junior School 2 years ago has resulted in Robin becoming actively involved in the local community and communities further afield. Using his experiences outside of the school environment, Robin is involved in the various School Governor Committees.