Mum was running for her family and air ambulance
Young mum Faye Norris was given huge applause by the crowds as she carried the Olympic torch as part of the relay team into Frome, Somerset.
Described by the torch relay organisers as an “inspirational” person Faye has raised over £15,000 for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance by completing the Three Peak Challenge and in 2011 raised an extra £11,000 through a Charity Auction.
Faye actively contributes to her community through a volunteer scheme with the Pilton Pre-School Committee and serves as the Primary President in the Yeovil Ward, Poole Stake.
Faye’s bravery knew no ends in 2009 when, at eight months pregnant she and her husband Sam and daughter Bethan were involved in a road accident during a freak hailstorm.
Sam tragically died at the scene. Faye was flown to hospital by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance who provided vital minutes that saved both her life and that of her son, Isaac Samuel who was safely delivered at the Bath Royal United Hospital.
Faye was nominated by her employers Clarks Shoes to be an official Olympic torch bearer as a person “who makes a contribution to her community” and “who has overcome extreme challenges and has dedicated their life to helping others.”
Faye said: “I’ll be forever indebted to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Their work saves lives and I hope that in some small way I’ve helped them make a difference in the life of someone else.”
Before the big event she said: “It’s an honour to be part of the Olympic Torch Relay and I’m excited to be part of such an historic event. Sam, along with our children Beth and Zac continue to inspire me every day. I am running for them as well as my amazing family and friends who continue to support me in everything I do.”