June 19 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Friday, August 31, 2012
The woman behind a Hornsey-based children’s charity is “still up on Cloud 9” after carrying the Paralympic torch.
Action for Kids founder Sally Bishop carried the Flame in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on Tuesday evening as the torch made its way from Stoke Mandeville - home of the Paralympics Games - to the Olympic Park in Stratford.
She was joined by two young women her charity had helped with new wheelchairs: disabled dance teacher Lorna Marsh, 33, and learning support assistant Lizzie Rose, 23.
Ms Bishop was chosen for carry the Flame because she set up disability charity Action for Kids 21 years ago, after one of her own children became ill.
“I was just so grateful everything went well I wanted to do something to help others,” explained Ms Bishop, who, having grown up with disability in her wider family, had already been a keen fundraiser.
Yet despite her charity having helped thousands of young people over the years, Ms Bishop seemed almost bemused at her nomination.
“Funnilly enough somebody said to me, what’s your inspirational story? I do not see it necessarily as an inspirational story. It is something I just wanted to do. The ones who are inspirational are the young people who have to face disability every day and all the problems which go with it.”
- Find out more about Action for Kids by visiting www.actionforkids.org.