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Norfolk charity that took part in Paralympic torch relay receives Lord Coe endorsement

12:14 30 August 2012

Victoria Bacon, Sarah Hope, Philippa Wilkinson, Jennifer Evans and Bronwen Hinton carry the Paralympic Flame at London Fields Lido on the Torch Relay leg between Hackney and Waltham Forest.

Victoria Bacon, Sarah Hope, Philippa Wilkinson, Jennifer Evans and Bronwen Hinton carry the Paralympic Flame at London Fields Lido on the Torch Relay leg between Hackney and Waltham Forest.

A Norfolk-born charity, which helps amputee children, has had a ringing endorsement from London 2012 chairman Lord Coe after taking part in the Paralympic torch relay.

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Victoria Bacon, the wife of South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, and her twin sister, Sarah Hope, took part in the relay in Hackney on Wednesday night for their involvement in establishing Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope to help children in the developing world.

The charity has now received the support of former Olympic champion Lord Coe, who is the UK’s Olympics legacy ambassador.

He said: “It was inspiring to be told the stories behind this young charity that supports disabled children around to world to live happy, healthy and active lives. I can think of no one better to carry the Paralympic flame than this team, which embodies all four Paralympic values - courage, determination, inspiration and equality.”

Mrs Bacon and her twin sister set up Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, in memory of their mother, Elizabeth Panton, who died in a bus crash in 2007. Mrs Hope was also injured and her daughter Pollyanna lost her right leg.

Mrs Bacon, of Pulham St Mary, said they were “privileged” to have been selected to carry the Paralympic flame hours before the opening ceremony of the games.

“It was really exciting and wonderful and to carry the torch was amazing, There were hundreds of people and the weather was very British being extremely cold and wet,” she said.

The sisters carried the torch with Pollyanna and charity trustees Pippa Wilkinson, Jennie Evans and Bronwen Hinton on the torch relay leg between Hackney Downs and London Fields Lido.

The charity, which was established to help amputee children by providing low-cost prosthetics, operations, educational, social and psychological assistance in the developing world, has raised more than £150,000 and over the last year and has helped children in Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

An evening of Bach, Beethoven and burgundy will be staged on Saturday, September 1 from 7pm to raise funds for Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope. The event, which will be held at the 16th century Rainthorpe Hall, in Tasburgh, will feature pianist Simon Callaghan.

For more information, visit www.elizabethslegacyofhope.org

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