Vicki shines in Olympic torch relay

AN INSPIRATIONAL fundraiser from Hailsham was given her moment to shine when she carried the Olympic Torch through the streets of Pevensey Bay.

Vicki Lamberton was among a host of runners who helped escort the flame on the local leg of its nationwide relay and the 21-year-old would have been delighted with the turn-out as thousands of people lined the route to cheer the torchbearers on.

The Oxfam shop volunteer was chosen ahead of tens of thousands of hopefuls after the selection panel was bowled over by her dedication to helping a string of charities.

As well as helping out at the charity shop once a week, she trekked 100 miles across the South Downs for Cancer Research, organised a fashion show in aid of a hospice and taken part in the Race For Life.

She is also a keen supporter of the World Wildlife Fund and helps out in primary schools – offering youngsters help in fashion and textile classes free of charge.

Miss Lamberton was not the only local runner to take part. Sue O’Hara, who set up a charity in memory of her daughter Tuesday, joined Beavers leader Sue Barber on the Eastbourne leg while a host of locals were given slots elsewhere, from Arundel to Nottingham.