Hertford Samaritan to carry Olympic Torch
Samaritans volunteer, Riessen Hill from Hertford, is thrilled to have been chosen as an Olympic torch bearer in recognition of his voluntary work with the Herts and Essex branch of the charity.
Riessen will carry the torch this Sunday, 8 July through St Albans, making him one of 8,000 inspirational people who will carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the UK.
Riessen was nominated by his sister, Kirsty, who says she is extremely proud to call Riessen her brother. As a Samaritans volunteer, Riessen takes calls from people who are struggling to cope. He fits his volunteering around his full time job as a Director at Lombard Technology Services and his family life.
I’m very excited to be chosen as a torch bearer and I can’t wait to be part of this huge event. Being a volunteer at Samaritans is extremely rewarding and I’m pleased to be giving something back to the community and helping those who aren’t as fortunate as myself.
Talking about why she nominated her brother, Kirsty said: “Riessen always put others before himself and doesn’t hesitate to do the 6am shift for Samaritans before heading off to work. He is highly regarded by all his friends and everyone always go to him for support as he always makes time for them.”
Chair of Samaritans, Stephen Hoddell said: “We’re hugely proud of Riessen and this is well-deserved recognition of all he has done as a Samaritan. Riessen gives up his spare time to help others who have nowhere else to turn, so on behalf of the whole charity, I’d like to wish Riessen the best of luck and thank him for his commitment to the charity.”