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Charity worker to carry Olympic torch

Charity worker Nicci Shrimpton has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch across her home county of Powys.

Nicci, 45, from Caersws, will carry the torch on a leg of its journey between Swansea and Aberystwyth on May 27.

She is among 8,000 runners to be chosen for the honour of taking part in the relay, which will mark the start of the London 2012 Games.

Nicci, who works for Action for Children in Newtown, was nominated for the role by her manager.

She said: “I was gobsmacked but absolutely delighted to be chosen as I thought the chances of actually being picked were so minimal. I couldn’t be more pleased.

“I don’t know where I will be carrying it yet, but I have been told I will have it on May 27th somewhere between Swansea and Aberystwyth. It could be anywhere on the route, but I hope it’s close to home!”

Nicci is a keen runner who has raised hundreds of pounds for charity by taking part in the Cardiff Half Marathon. She is also planning to take part in the London Marathon this year.

Eve Chinnery, Action for Children service manager, said: “Nicci thoroughly deserves to take part in this historic sporting event. She is a hardworking and dedicated member of the team at Powys Community Support Service and also dedicates her spare time to the disabled children outside of working hours, as well as studying for an Open University degree and bringing up to two teenage sons.”

Action for Children runs 130 services across 50 sites in Wales, supporting vulnerable and neglected children and their families.

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