Heyshott’s Canine Partners carry the flame

HEYSHOT based charity Canine Partners is celebrating its moment in the limelight after Lorna Marsh and her canine companion Eli were chosen to carry the Paralympic flame on Tuesday night at Stoke Mandeville when the four torches were united ahead of its 24 hour relay across London.

Jenny Moir, spokesman for Canine Partners told the Observer: “It’s been a fantastic time for us. Before Lorna and Eli carried the Paralympic flame, three torchbearers from Canine Partners also carried the Olympic flame during its journey across the country.

“These extraordinary partnerships encapsulate the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and inspire a generation.”

The first partnership selected to carry the flame was Sally Hyder from Edinburgh with her canine partner Harmony, trained at the charity headquarters in Heyshott who bore the torch in front of the Scottish Parliament building.

Three weeks later Helen Dolphin from Norfolk with canine partner Yancey got their chance to shine through the streets of Kings Lynn.

And on the eve of the Olympic Games opening ceremony ex Armed Forces partnership Eileen Hobson and four legged partner Sailor took up the flame on its journey through Shepherds Bush.

Eileen was nominated for her inspiration in overcoming 20 years having to lie flat on her back with the rare debilitating condition Stiffman’s Syndrome.