Grazia's Lucy Dunn is NOT letting go of the torch
There is just ONE day until the Olympic torch takes pride of place at the opening ceremony for the London 2012 games.
And given carrying it in the relay is the hottest invite in town, it’s only natural Grazia got its hands on the torch... all in the name of charity of course!
Associate editor Lucy Dunn donned the official white boilersuit to run with it through Barnet, north London. And even though it was 32 degrees, the girl didn’t even break a sweat. Well, not until she nearly set her hair on fire…
Lucy runs with the torch through Barnet
"The police running with me had to remind me to raise the torch away from my face!' says Lucy. 'But I wasnt really listening.... It was all a blur. The crowds, the atmosphere and the momentousness of the occasion - it was totally overwhelming!
'Grazia supports a huge range of charities and highlights worthwhile campaigns every week. It was a real honour to run with some of the torchbearers and hear their amazing stories. Some had me in tears, they were so inspiring!'
Of course runners with incredible stories are what the torch run is all about. Take Hannah , who carried the torch in Sheffield. She’s an ambassador for raising funds to research PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) - which her father was diagnosed with in 2008.
‘It’s hard,’ Hannah explained. ‘Dad is almost unrecognisable now. The disease is slowly shutting down his body – he can’t speak now and has to wear sunglasses because it’s affected his eyes. We don’t know how long he has left.’
Hannah Dakyin runs with the torch (photo: Matthew Sanders)
Yet even though the disease is slowly shutting down his body, when he saw Hannah carrying the torch he managed to do something he hadn’t been managed for months. Smile.
‘Doing the run was the most amazing experience, but my favourite part was seeing my Dad at the end. When he saw me he smiled – that might not seem like a lot, but because of his condition the muscles in his face aren’t as taught as they should be. It’s really difficult for him to smile so he rarely does. It meant so much.’
Support Lucy, who is running for stillbirth and neonatal charity SANDS on her Just Giving page.
Lloyds TSB is a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.