A PIECE of Paralympic history will be making its way to Brighouse to help send an athlete to the next Paralympic games.
Rastrick athlete Georgina Oliver will be bringing the Paralympic torch to The Bridge pub in Brighouse on Saturday as part of a fund raising event to buy her a new racing chair.
Kath Higgins and Neil Dean have helped organise the day which will also see sporting memorabilia auctioned as well as day full of entertainment.
“We have regulars who will be coming down to help and everyone has been chipping in,” said Kath who has been running the pub for the last couple of months.
“There will be lots going on for all the family like a barbeque, bouncy castle and pony rides for the kids.”
The idea came from Georgina’s school days at Castlefields Infant and Longroyde Junior School when she met Zoe, Kath’s daughter. Since then, Kath has been good friends with Georgina’s mum Helen and has followed Georgina’s progress.
People will be able to have their picture taken with the torch for a small donation between the times 11am-1pm, 2-2.30pm, 4-5.30pm and 6-7.30pm. Sporting memorabilia will be auctioned off throughout the day where successful bidders will need money on the day. Amongst them will be a Bradford Bulls signed shirt, Yorkshire county cricket prizes and photography work from the Olympics by Mark Fairhurst.
Money raised will go towards providing a special racing chair for Georgina who was born with spina bifida. There will also be a raffle and the Black Swan will be helping to collect money with a meat raffle.
Family and friends have already begun the fund raising with a walk from The Bridge to Sowerby Bridge and back.
Mum Helen said the hike went really well and the fund raising event has just snow balled from the initial idea. “It went really well apart from a few sore feet and Anthony Hardcastle being stung by a wasp. Gary Kershaw then decided to swim the last length from the last lock back to The Bridge. There were people who we had not met before who decided to support us which was great.
“We have £250 so far but we still have sponsor money to come in so we are hoping to have raised at least £500.”
Raffle tickets are now available and can now be bought from the pub.