Olympic Flame

Olympic Flame

25th July 2012 by Natalie Burns

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Campaigner Doreen Lawrence, carried the Olympic flame on 23 July through The London Borough of Lewisham.  She jogged to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Centre, a learning and development centre in Deptford that she and her ex-husband, Neville, set up in memory of their son, who was murdered as a teenager in a racist attack in 1993.

Doreen, a Council Member of Women of the Year and an attendee of the lunch, was nominated to be an Olympic Torchbearer as she was instrumental in changing part of the UK legal system as a result of the Stephen Lawrence Enquiry. In the aftermath to the inquiry, she continued to campaign for justice for her son and for others who have experienced racist crime.

The 59-year-old who has campaigned for justice ever since the murder in 1993, said the Olympic Flame symbolises many things in common with the Stephen Lawrence Charity Trust, such as strength, unity and diversity.

Shara Brice, a Women of the Year award winner in 2010, carried the Olympic Torch through Wandsworth.

Shara, 43, started Ascension Eagles Cheerleaders from humble beginnings in 1996 in Newham. They have since been recognised as one of the UK’s most effective youth programmes. Although they were placed last in their first competition in 1997, AEC have established themselves as record breaking, history-making champions, and have been reigning Senior Coed Champions since 1998; no other cheer team in the world has held onto a National title for over a decade. Their tremendous success is evidenced not only by the hundreds of trophies which line their walls, but even more so by the thousands of young people who have been transformed through AEC.

Shara has since set up a Leadership Team, which delivers an outreach programme in the Newham community. Shara also opened London’s first ever cheer gym – Talent Central – at Gallions Reach Shopping Park in Newham.


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