Norfolk MP’s wife set to carry Paralympic torch after helping amputee children in developing countries

Members of a charity that helps amputee children in the developing world will play a part in the Paralympic torch relay next week.

Victoria Bacon, the wife of South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, and her twin sister, Sarah Pope, will get to carry the flame through Hackney, in north east London, two hours before the opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games on Wednesday, August 29.

The sisters set up Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope last year in memory of their mother, Elizabeth Panton, who died in a crash in London in 2007. Mrs Pope was also injured by the out-of-control bus and her two-year-old daughter Pollyanna lost her right leg as a result of the collision.

Mrs Bacon, who lives in Pulham St Mary, near Diss, spoke of her pride after being selected to carry the Paralympic torch. She will be joined by her sister and fellow trustees and members of staff at Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope, Pippa Wilkinson, Jennie Evans and Bronwen Hinton.

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.

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Mrs Bacon said it was 'exciting' to be one of the 500 charities taking part in the Paralympic torch relay ahead of the games.

'It is amazing publicity for the charity and the Paralympic Games are pertinent to what we are doing. There will be a lot of athletes there with prosthetic legs and it highlights what they can do if they get the help they need.'

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'Our charity is about people getting on their feet and having a life and becoming mobile. If children in the third world can not walk the two miles to school, they do not get an education because there is no other way of getting to school,' she said.

The trustees of the charity will carry a silver torch 130metres as part of a 24 hour Paralympic relay from Stoke Mandeville - home of the Paralympic movement - to the Olympic park in Stratford on August 29.

They were nominated by Kevin Craig, administrator for Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope, who took part in the Olympic torch relay last month.

An evening of Bach, Beethoven and burgundy will be staged on Saturday, September 1 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.

The evening starts at 7pm and tickets cost �25. Send cheques Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope to The Old Rectory, Church Close, Pulham St Mary, Norfolk, IP21 4RR.

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