Naomi House children’s faces light up with torch arrival

THRILLED Mia Crutcher from Fareham
THRILLED Mia Crutcher from Fareham
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children at Naomi House were thrilled when an Olympic torchbearer brought in his torch.

The Olympic action was brought to the hospice near Winchester, which helps children with life-threatening illnesses and conditions from the Portsmouth area.

The fun and games was made possible by Alan Haresign, a fundraiser from Basingstoke who was a torchbearer.

Among the children that got to hold the torch was nine-year-old Mia Crutcher of Fareham, who was born with cerebral palsy.

Activities co-ordinator at the hospice Katy Burton said: ‘The arrival of a real Olympic torch at the hospice has allowed the children to be part of a poignant moment in history.

‘It’s brilliant for them to have the chance to hold something so tactile. They’ve been able to feel the torch and its 8,000 holes, each of which represents an inspirational torchbearer in the relay.’

The torch became the focal point for activities and games to help sensory and cognitive work with children.