Olympic torchbearer’s visit inspires group

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As the London 2012 Olympics drew to a close and preparations for the Paralympic Games began, a group of people with learning disabilities in Doncaster were visited by one of the town’s torchbearers.

Service users and staff at the Eclipse Centre, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), welcomed former Special Olympian and London 2012 Olympic torchbearer Adrian Howes to an Olympic-themed coffee morning.

Adrian, aged 48, from Doncaster, who has learning difficulties, carried the torch through Warmsworth during his stretch of the Olympic Torch Relay on June 29.

He represented Great Britain in the 1991 Special Olympics World Games held in Madrid and has won numerous medals in other competitions.

RDaSH service leader Christine Caddle was delighted about Adrian’s visit.

She said: “Adrian’s visit rounded off our Olympic celebrations perfectly.

“He posed for photographs with service users who got to hold the torch, signed autographs and even left autographs for those people who were unable to attend.

Christine added: “He is still competing in track and field events and is a real inspiration to our service users.

“He proves that learning disabilities and age should not stop people engaging in physical activity.”