Chris picks up torch again for flood victims

The Olympic Torch makes its way through Halifax Town centre.
The Olympic Torch makes its way through Halifax Town centre.

AS the Olympic Games extravaganza gets under way, one Calder Valley torchbearer will take to the streets again to raise funds for flood victims.

Chris Green, of Hebden Bridge, founder of the White Ribbon Campaign against male violence towards women, proudly carried the torch on a leg of its journey around the country, from the “Welcome to Halifax” sign in Godley Lane to the town’s North Bridge last month.

This weekend he will hold the now-decommissioned torch aloft again, this time taking it on a fund-raising mission from Todmorden to the campaign’s New Road offices in Mytholmroyd in aid of the Calder Valley Flood Victims fund.

Chris will run with the torch from Gordon Rigg’s Garden Centre at Walsden at 1pm on Saturday. He will be accompanied by staff from the garden centre for the first two-mile leg of the journey into Todmorden town centre, arriving at the town hall.

From there the Royal George pub’s pool team from Todmorden will run to Castle Hill School, from where the torch will be transported by fire engine into Hebden Bridge.

Chris will pick up the torch again in the town and run through the streets mid-afternoon, encouraging people to dig deep and run alongside if they want.

He will then meet up with representatives of First Bus, including their mascot Buster Bear, and make the journey to Mytholmroyd, arriving around 3.30pm.

There will then be an opportunity at the White Ribbon Campaign’s offices for people to have their pictures taken with Buster Bear and the Olympic torch, with proceeds going to the flood victims’ fund.

Chris, who has been delighting children by taking the torch into classrooms to allow them to share the once-in-a-lifetime experience, hopes to raise hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds. Contact him on 07941 597584 to offer support or cash.