An inspirational University of Wolverhampton graduate
says she is ‘very proud and excited’ to be carrying the Olympic
torch through the city this weekend.
Ceri Davies, from Kingswinford, will be one of the
torchbearers in Wolverhampton on Saturday (30 June 2012).
Ceri, who has cerebral palsy and spina bifida and uses a
wheelchair, was nominated to carry the torch for her commitment to
volunteering and youth work by the Diana Award.
The 22-year-old will be carrying the torch from Shakespeare
Street to Bilston Street in Wolverhampton from 3.15pm.
She has now received her official white and gold Olympic
torchbearers’ uniform, and will be watched by her mum, dad, sister
and other friends and family when she takes part in the relay.
She has also chosen to buy her torch as a memento of the
Ceri, who graduated with a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in Early
Childhood and Sociology from the University in 2011, said: “It was
amazing to find out that I’d been chosen to carry the torch. I’m
very excited about it, particularly to carry the torch in
“It will be a very proud day and I’m nervous but excited at the
same time. It is an honour to carry the Olympic torch.
“The thing I’m looking forward to the most is having my family,
friends and supporters there to cheer me on. I feel like it is
recognition for the volunteering and youth work I’ve done, and for
other young people I’ve worked with and everyone who has supported
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “Everyone at the
University is extremely proud of Ceri’s achievements and we’re
delighted that she has been given the honour of carrying the
Olympic torch. We hope she enjoys her special day and being part of
an historic moment for Wolverhampton.” Ceri has been involved in
volunteering and youth work since she was 13. Ceri was nominated
for the honour of carrying the Olympic torch by Katie Marple,
Network Co-ordinator at the Diana Award.
Ceri was invited to 10 Downing Street in 2009 to receive one of
ten Golden Diana Awards, for her work as a dedicated and active
member of Dudley Youth Council.
Over the years, Ceri has played a big role in the Diana Award
organisation, joining the Youth Advisory Board and becoming head of
the Regional Hub for the West Midlands and she is also on the
Alumni Advisory Board.
Since receiving the Diana Award, Ceri has gone on to set up her
own consultancy company, CD Participation Services, which offers
research, motivational speaking and youth work. She was a speaker
at the United Nations Rights of a Child conference. She has also
set up a fundraising organisation which aims to raise funds for
disadvantaged and disabled children across the UK and she also
works with numerous other charities.
She is also now a Youth Network Leader for Arts Award in the
West Midlands and an associate with the Black Country Children's
Services Improvement Partnership (BCCSIP).
Picture: Ceri Davies, pictured outside number
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