Horsham district’s torchbearers

Ben Stoggles with the torch
Ben Stoggles with the torch

Although the Olympic torch route missed out Horsham district, plenty of local residents were picked to play their part as torchbearers.

Bracknell: Fred Turok, 57, from Cowfold. Fred started the charity TAG, helping 18-24 year olds to get jobs in the health and fitness industry.

Weymouth: Andrew Clark, 44, from Horsham. Andrew is a community first responder, a St John Ambulance member, and helped organise the medical cover for The Epsom Derby and the BHF London to Brighton Bike ride.

Southampton: UN environmentalist Nick Nuttall, 54, from Southwater.

Tillington: Mark Hughes, 32, from Cranleigh. After a brain injury, Mark defied doctors’ predictions by working as a teacher.

Petworth: Juliet Starbuck, 44, from Steyning.

Emma Johnston-Jones, 35, from Billingshurst. Emma lost her baby son to a virus, but went on to campaign for Bliss and fundraise for Action Medical Research.

Sara Tremlett, 63, from West Chiltington. Sara has worked for 15 years as district commissioner of the Lord Leconfield Pony Club.

Duncton: Paul Zetter, 89, from Wisborough Green. Paul set up Sports Aid International, helping many athletes to take part in the Games.

Chichester: Ben Stoggles, 23, from Pulborough. Ben is an international youth worker.George Middleton, 35, from Storrington. George’s achievements for charity include swimming the Channel.

North Bersted: Charity fundraiser Sue Bradford, 46, from Horsham. A friend’s death from leukaemia prompted Sue to run the London Marathon, raising more than £2,000 for the Antony Nolan Bone Marrow Register.

Bognor Regis: Sally Bigg (nee Gunnell), 45, from Steyning. Won gold in the Barcelona 1992 Olympics 400m hurdles.

Worthing: Tony Smith, 59, from Horsham. Tony has spent well over a decade helping the grocery industry charity Caravan.

Crawley: James Bryce, 39, from Horsham. A rare form of leukaemia forced James to give up cabin crew work, but he went on to be promoted to a management role where he helps cabin crew.

Copthorne: Peter Hayes, 46, from Horsham. Peter spent many years in the British Army, and has run half marathons and 10k runs for local and international charities.

East Grinstead: Dr Hwa-Lon Liu, 43, from Horsham. A GP with a special interest in Ear, Nose and Throat, whose clinic was commended in the DoH chief executive’s report.

Lewes: Gabriella Rogers, 12, from Horsham. Gabriella consistently shows tolerance, patience and understanding when helping care for her brother Daniel, who has autism.

Pevensey: Jill Doddington, 39, from Bolney. An unsung hero of the local community.

Bexhill on Sea: Mike Fisher, 49, from Storrington, chairman of the Pulborough ‘Minis’ Rugby Club.

Riverhead: Anita Newman, 41, from Pulborough. Anita battled breast cancer and chemotheraphy with determination, gusto and good humour, and is now a Cancer Research fundraiser.

Sutton: Guy Watts, former Forest pupil, founded Streetscape to help young people find work.

The tragic death of her baby son prompted Emma Johnston-Jones to become a campaigner for the charity Bliss.

Emma went into labour nine weeks early, giving birth to twins Morgan and Jasmin, each weighing 3lb 12oz.

While in special care, they both contracted Respiratory Syncytial Virus, which affects the lungs and breathing passages.Emma and husband Nigel lost Morgan at the age of just seven weeks, but Jasmin pulled through.

Emma now campaigns for Bliss, a special care baby charity which supports parents and medical staff.

She said: “I was carrying the torch for my amazing twins, Jasmin and my brave little boy Morgan, and all the amazing people I have met on my journey to carrying the Olympic torch.”

To donate to the fund set up in Morgan’s memory, visit bliss.tributefunds.com/fund/Morgan+Elliot+Johnston-Jones

Ben Stoggles, 28, from Pulborough, describes his work as building communities in the UK and Africa.

He said he was “looking towards giving people a role model by doing in day to day life what I think could help others and being the change I want to see.”

He added: “The next step would be to engage with them.Talking/sharing experiences to help others get a foot hold on issues that surround them or are stuck on what to do with themselves.

“Youth work enables me to learn about younger generations and see the similarities between generations bridging a gap (hopefully).

“A person willing to step back and understand others as well as accepting them builds connections.”

Ben also teaches yoga, which he says helps people to grow physically, mentally and emotionally.

Community first responder Andrew Clark, 44, from Horsham , carried the torch in Weymouth on July 13.

Andrew was nominated by his employer, LloydsTSB, for his commitment and dedication to the Horsham and Southwater community first responder scheme.

In 2011 Andrew attended 132 calls and spent nearly 700 hours either responding to emergencies or raising funds for the scheme.

Apart from his work as a responder, Andrew helps out with the team’s training nights and mentoring new members.

Marc Harrold, the scheme’s team leader, said of his involvement: “I’m so pleased that Andrew has been recognised for the dedication and hard work he puts into the scheme.

“He is the ideal person to represent community first responders in this once-in-a-lifetime event.”