Olympic Torch Raises Money For Charity

Local people got the chance to experience holding the Flame


Snappy Snaps Chiswick

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A charity event where Chiswick people had their photo taken with the Olympic Torch has raised £750 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research.

The event was held outside Sainsbury's and the staff at Snappy Snaps, Chiswick provided the photo shoot facilities and helped out on the day.

A local boy gets the chance to hold the Olympic Torch

Locals queued to hold the torch which had been carried by 14-year old Joe Smale from Chiswick, who was nominated as a torch-bearer following his tireless work to raise money for the cancer charity.

After having their photograph taken, they made a donation to the charity.

Joe has been diagnosed with leukaemia three times since he was just two years old and has undergone intensive treatment. But he is determined to raise awareness about blood cancers and raise money for research and new treatments.

He carried the torch through Chessington on Tuesday, just three days before the Opening ceremony and met with former Olympic rower James Cracknell who handed over the flame to him and wished him good luck.

Joe Smale at the torch photo event

Joe's inspirational story can be heard by clicking on the following link and donations can also be made to his Giving page (see below).

Leukaemia & Lymphona Research is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. These cancers are diagnosed in more than 30,000 children, teenagers and adults in the UK every year.

Joe’s Story


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August 1, 2012

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