Have your photo taken with the Olympic torch at Wakefield’s Trinity Walk to help children

Sir Chris Hoy trains Lloyds TSB torchbearer, Samantha Grundy for her moment to shine.
Sir Chris Hoy trains Lloyds TSB torchbearer, Samantha Grundy for her moment to shine.

A WOMAN who carried an Olympic torch through the streets of Wakefield is on a mission to have 10,000 people pictured with the iconic symbol.

Sam Grundy was chosen to be part of the torch relay in June due to her charity work.

She set up Special Needs & Parent Support (SNAPS) after her son Daniel, 10, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome seven years ago.

The group provides swimming, dance, and speech and language classes for more than 200 children with special needs.

Now she is raising awareness of city charity KIDS, which works with disabled children, by travelling across the region so people can have their photograph taken with the torch.

And she wants to meet 10,000 people before the end of London 2012.

So far more than 6,000 people have had their photo taken.

Mrs Grundy, 44, said: “It’s going to be a close run thing to make the 10,000, but I will be very happy if we get to 8,000 as that would match the number of torchbearers, which seems very fitting.

“It’s been fantastic - people are so pleased to get to hold the torch.

“It’s been absolutely brilliant to share the torch and to raise the awareness about our charity KIDS.

“In Wakefield we support over 600 families with a child with disabilities.”She will be at Trinity Walk on Thursday and Friday between 11am and 2pm.