Volunteer is in line to carry Olympic torch

A DEDICATED volunteer from Belper has been nominated for a chance to carry the Olympic torch for the 2012 Games in London.

Adrian Stone, 23, who volunteers at the Drop Inn youth centre, on Derwent Street, in the town, has been put forward as a candidate for the prestigious honour.

He has been nominated by v, the national young volunteers service. Earlier this year, Adrian won the ‘Connect’ v-inspired national award for 2011. The award recognises innovative and effective efforts in volunteering to bring communities together.

Adrian said: “It is an amazing opportunity and a massive shock to be nominated.

“It would be really amazing if I managed to run with the Olympic Torch.

“It is an inspirational opportunity and I hope if they pick me those watching me run will be inspired by my story.”

A spokeswoman for v said: “Adrian is dedicated to working with young people in his community to bring about social inclusion.

“His role as an inclusion officer at the Drop Inn has seen him successfully build the self-esteem of many young people, breaking down barriers and tackling stereotypes.

“Adrian led a project that involved youngsters organising events for the older generation to improve community relations.

“He has also used his sign language skills to break-down barriers between the deaf and hearing communities, running art workshops to bring them together.

“He is much-loved in his home town and it is because of his dedication and work in his community that we feel that he would be a fantastic and worthy choice as Torchbearer in the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.”

Terry Ryall, v boss said: “Adrian is a complete inspiration. We can only hope that the judging panel is as inspired by his remarkable story as we are.”

Drop Inn founder Andrea Fox was delighted for Adrian. She said: “It is brilliant that his work has been recognised.

“It was a wonderful surprise when I found out.

“What an honour it is to be nominated for something like this. It is a once in a lifetime thing.”

He is due to find out if he has been selected soon.