Ealing Mencap’s very own Tom Thacker has been chosen to carry the Olympic flame through the borough in the run-up to the 2012 games.
Tom, 30, will be one of the torchbearers chosen from the hundreds of suggestions received by the Ealing Council, after being nominated by his parents.
“It’s a really good feeling to have been nominated and chosen,” said Tom. “It’s nice to be recognised for the things that I do, it feels like a thank you for the work I do at Ealing Mencap.”
His father Kit praised his “hard work and determination to immerse himself fully in the community.”
Tom actively participates in the Power Group, speaking up to make sure his and other people with learning disabilities’ views are heard.
Alongside that he works as a volunteer at the Community Café at All Saints Church in Ealing, and is a member of the cleaning team at Enterprise Lodge.
Tom is most looking forward to “having my friends and family support me, and having the roads closed and a police escort around me with people lining the streets cheering and waving. I’m also really excited about getting my official Olympic torchbearer uniform.”
Although not nervous about carrying the torch, Tom said the hardest part so far has been keeping the news a secret.
“They told me I’d be doing it in December, but to keep it hush-hush until now.
“There were so many people who’ve supported me that I wanted to tell, but I couldn’t say anything until it was all official and security and background checks were done.”
The Olympic torch relay will start in Northola Fields pass through Ealing and finish in Walpole Park for a party that evening.