Jack and Tilly Piper had the opportunity to touch a torch from the Olympic Torch Relay alongside the torchbearer.

A Whitchurch family had the chance to touch a torch that had been a part of the recent Olympic Torch Relay, and in the process to help raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity.

Separately, children at the primary school had the chance to be with a torch this week when a torchbearer visited the school.

A local version of the torch relay is taking place this Sunday – see our article on that HERE.

Jack and Tilly Piper of Fairfields with their parents Sue and Adam met with torchbearer Alan Haresign at the Beechdown Club in Basingstoke last Saturday.

Alan, who is from Basingstoke, ran with the torch in Branksome, Dorset on 13 July 2012. He was brought up as a Forces child and continued this in his 24-year military career. He set up Gym for Heroes as a National event to raise £1m for Help for Heroes. In its first year they raised £103k for the cause.

Tilly Piper said the opportunity to touch the torch was “awesome”. Her brother Jack thought it all was “very cool”.

Mayor and Mayoress of Basingstoke with, right, Mayor of Whitchurch Cllr Jackie Day, and a 1948 Torch.

Meanwhile our very own town Mayor, Cllr Jackie Day also held a torch, this time one from 1948, the year the Olympic Torch Relay came through Whitchurch.

At a reception held in Basingstoke on the day this year’s Relay passed though, the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Martin Biermann, gave recognition to numerous people and groups who had contributed to Olympic related activities around the Borough.
These included the Whitchurch Arts Project which had submitted an idea as part of the Borough-wide Five Gold Rings promotion.

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