Come and meet a medallist
9:30am Sun Sep 23, 2012
People can be photographed with a Paralympic gold medallist today.
Dressage rider Sophie Wells will be at Hope House School, Newark, from 11am to 2pm.
Visitors can also be pictured with the Paralympic torch carried by the school’s head, Mrs Terri Westmoreland.
Sophie, of Harby, won gold in the team dressage event and two individual silvers.
Mrs Westmoreland ran a leg of the Paralympic torch relay through Watford after being nominated for her work with children with autism.
Donations in exchange for photographs will go towards the cost of converting a bungalow at Hope House School, which caters for children with autism.
The school, a charity, is in former council homeless accommodation on Barnby Road.
Mrs Westmoreland said running with the Paralympic torch was one of the best things she had done.
“It may have only been 150m but it was amazing,” she said.
“The crowds were whooping. It was intense. There were so many people.”
Mrs Westmoreland hopes to raffle her torch at Hope House’s ball in the Cedric Ford Pavilion, Newark Showground, on December 1. Tickets will cost £1.
“Sunday is an opportunity for people who may not have visited us before or may not know of the work that we do to come and have a look at Hope House,” Mrs Westmoreland said.
“In doing so they have the opportunity to meet at least one of our superhuman athletes, and maybe more than one if everything works out as I hope.”
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