Inspirational Pippa's amazing Olympic Torch tale
July 26, 2012
An inspirational teenager took her Olympic torch to primary school after an “amazing day” running with the flame.
Pippa Hatch, 17, who is battling a rare form of cancer, carried the torch through Ascot on Tuesday, July 10, taking the flame from jockey Frankie Dettori.
Her Olympic experience continued the next day when she visited St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School and let youngsters run laps of the school field holding her torch.
Pippa, of Elmwood Close, Woodley, has been in remission for the past year from a cancer of the soft tissue of her stomach and has undergone repeated operations to remove tumours, including having two thirds of her stomach removed.
She has raised more than £20,000 for Sarcoma UK, leading to her nomination to become a torchbearer.
“It was an amazing day,” she said. “There were so many people and the atmosphere really carries you through. I wish I could do it all over again.”
More than 60 friends and family came from across the country to cheer on Pippa, holding gold balloons. And fellow Sarcoma sufferer Adrienne De Potter came all the way from Belgium to see her run.
“The best bit of the whole day was meeting the other torchbearers and being in the bus with them,” Pippa said.
“I got to chat with Frankie Dettori and he said he was nervous his horse might spook when he rode it with the torch.”
Pippa’s brother and sister, William, five, and Charlotte, eight, are pupils at St Dominic Savio.
She said: “I knew half of them would not get the chance to see it so I was really happy to share it.”
A few pupils were selected from each class to run laps of the school field holding the torch.