Tunbridge Wells volunteer to carry Olympic Torch

Jackie Stone, 47, a volunteer from the Tunbridge Wells branch is thrilled to have been chosen as an Olympic torch bearer in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, in recognition of her voluntary work with Samaritans.

Jackie Stone will carry the torch on Friday 20 July, through Borough Green, Tunbridge Wells, making her one of 8,000 inspirational people who will carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the UK.

Mum of three, Jackie, balances her voluntary work around busy family life and her work an assistant estate manager for The William Pears Group.  

Mark Pears, Jackie’s work colleague, nominated her for
her voluntary work with Samaritans. As a volunteer with the charity, Jackie takes calls at the Tunbridge Wells branch from people struggling to cope.   

Commenting on how she feels about being a torch bearer Jackie said:

“I am very honoured to have been chosen as a torch bearer and I’m very excited about tomorrow, but incredibly nervous! I would never have believed, when I first thought about becoming a Samaritan volunteer six years ago, that I would end up carrying an Olympic torch in recognition of my work with them.”

Chair of Samaritans, Stephen Hoddell said: “Congratulations to Jackie, this is well-deserved recognition of the voluntary work she has devoted to helping others. On behalf of the whole charity I’d like to wish Jackie the best of luck and thank her for her commitment to Samaritans. It has been wonderful to see our volunteers up and down the country taking part in this historic event.”