As the Paralympic Games kick off with a bang, Lord Coe, Olympic champion and London 2012 Chairman, has shown his support for Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope (ELOH). Lord Coe’s endorsement came as five members of the ELOH team proudly carried the Paralympic Torch through the streets of London, moments before the start of the official Paralympic Opening Ceremony in East London on 29th August 2012.
Speaking in support of Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, the Olympic ‘Legacy Ambassador’ Seb Coe, said:
“It was inspiring to be told the stories behind this young charity that supports disabled children around to world to live happy, healthy and active lives. I can think of no one better to carry the Paralympic Flame than this team, which embodies all four Paralympic values – courage, determination, inspiration and equality. I wish them all the best for their moment to shine with the Torch on 29th August.”
The ELOH team carried the Paralympic flame on Wednesday 29th August at 6.25pm, at Reading Lane, Hackney, E8. The charity’s torchbearers included co-founders Victoria Bacon and Sarah Hope, trustee Bronwen Hinton, treasurer Jennie Evans, and prosthetics advisor Pippa Wilkinson.
In support of the Hope family’s determination, Lord Coe said:
“I am sure Elizabeth would be proud of team, and the 29th will be great moment to mark Sarah and Polyanna’s recovery, their supporters, the charity itself and indeed little Pollyanna’s astonishing 5km run on crutches in the searing heat of Sierra Leone.”