Patients and staff get a chance to see Olympic torch

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OLYMPIC fever was reignited at a hospice when a torchbearer visited residents and day care users.

The Olympic torch was taken into the Rowans Hospice, in Purbrook, by Becky Wilson from Wickham.

Tracy Jeffery, day care manager, said: ‘Thank you so much to Becky for bringing in the Olympic torch.

‘We had a lovely day and it made everyone feel part of the celebrations.

‘London 2012 has brought the community together, encouraged volunteering and inspired a generation; an ethos which we can relate to within hospice care.’

The torch was passed around the hospice as everyone took turns to hold it – including nurses and volunteers.

Some of the nurses, pictured, took time out to have their pictures taken with the torch.

They did their own version of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s pose.

The torch relay began in day care and continued around the ward to the in-patients, allowing everyone the opportunity to see or hold the torch.