Olympic torch honours for three pupils old and new

Richard Howarth with Olympic torch in Westhoughton

Third year pupil Claudia Thomas and Old Stopfordians Richard Howarth (OS 2010) and Daniel Walker (OS 2008) have all had the honour of taking part in the Olympic torch relay as recognition for their selflessness, charity work and for being an inspiration to others.

Current Third Year pupil Claudia carried the torch near to school during the Stockport leg of the relay as a reward for spending the last eight years raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Claudia started fundraising when she was a pupil in the Junior School and donates all her birthday money to charity, fundraises for animal rights and homeless charities and volunteers at the Wellspring homeless shelter in Stockport.

Since taking part in the relay, Claudia has spoken about her experience in a Junior School assembly, has been invited to appear at local primary schools and colleges, and told us that she was “so excited to be selected to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Old Stopfordian Richard Howarth (pictured above) was chosen to be a torchbearer in Westhoughton, Bolton after being nominated for the honour by current Stockport Grammar Junior School teacher Mrs Debbie Flint.

Richard, who is blind, was an inspiration to pupils and staff at Stockport Grammar, taking part in residential trips, completing his bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s award, sitting  music exams in singing and the flute, and performing in productions of The Wizard of Oz , Fiddler on the Roof and Les Misérables.

Since leaving Stockport Grammar with seven GCSEs, including five at A* and A grade, Richard has been studying at the Royal National College for the Blind and has accepted a conditional offer from Coventry College University for a one-year foundation course in Law.

Richard’s full story can be read in our news article from earlier this year.

Fellow Old Stopfordian Daniel carried the torch through Macclesfield following his extensive global volunteering.

In the last three years, Daniel has volunteered at an orphanage in Nepal, helped reconstruct homes destroyed by an earthquake in Peru and has assisted volunteers in developing and transforming a school in Tanzania, where he also commits to funding two children through the school for the next seven years.

Back home, Daniel has contributed to his local community by coaching football camps through successive summers.

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