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JDRF supporter carries Olympic torch through Fareham

16 July 2012

Andy, 56, has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 50 years and is a dedicated supporter of JDRF.  

We spoke to Andy this morning who is still on cloud nine from the experience, who said:

"It was such a fantastic experience and atmosphere. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and such an emotional day. Thousands of people turned out to follow the passage of the torch through Fareham and the crowd were unbelievable - putting their hands out to me for high fives. I will never forget this amazing day and I still feel immensely  energised from the experience."  

“I was really honoured to have been nominated for such an historic moment. Having lived with type 1 diabetes for practically all my life I am delighted to be able to carry the torch to represent those 400,000 people who are living with the condition each and every day. I am determined not to let type 1 take over my life and I will continue to remain positive and fundraise for JDRF, so that hopefully one day a cure will be found.”

JDRF is delighted that many of its inspirational supporters including Andy have been chosen to carry the Olympic flame as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Earlier today Amy Wilton carried the torch through Midhurst representing JDRF, and we feel sure that this is an experience that she will also never forget. 

Watch the video of Andy carrying the torch

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