A WOMAN who delivers food hampers to the poor and the homeless has been selected as a torch bearer for the Olympics next year.
Flavia Trewin volunteers at the Jacobs Well Family Church in Bridgemary.
She gave up working in a school years ago to dedicate her time to helping feed those in need across the local area.
The 54-year-old, from Briarwood Close in Fareham, was nominated by someone at the church to hold the Olympic torch when it comes to Gosport in July next year.
‘I was absolutely stunned,’ she said.
‘I didn’t expect to be chosen. I knew that I was short-listed but I really didn’t expect to be chosen.
‘I am thrilled and honoured to be able to run for the community and for those in need.
‘It will help raise the profile of their plight.
‘A young girl in my church nominated me because of the work that I do.
‘I’m humbled by it to be honest.
‘It’s the one and only time that we are going to be given this chance and I am so thrilled that I can do it.’
The Olympic torch will go through Fareham and Gosport next summer before stopping in Portsmouth for an overnight celebration.
It arrives in the area on July 15 and hundreds of torchbearers – each with their own torch – will take part in a relay to pass on the flame.
Every torchbearer will carry the flame for 300 metres.
Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, said: ‘That sounds amazing. That’s the beauty of the torch coming through Gosport.
‘It shines the light on those selfless acts that people carry out every single day of the week without looking for any particular gratitude.
‘It gives an opportunity for a light to be shone on those who make a contribution to the area.’
Preparations are taking place across Gosport for the Olympics, which start at the end of July. The leisure centre in Holbrook is undergoing development and is set to open in time for the games.
Ms Dinenage added: ‘Part of the leisure centre will be open when the torch comes through which just signals the regeneration of the Gosport area and the hopes for the future.’