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A&E nurse selected to carry Olympic torch


An accident and emergency sister has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch during part of its journey through London later this year.

Emma Harley, 27, who works at West Middlesex University Hospital, will carry the torch in Westminster on 26 July.

Ms Harley said: “I’m not normally speechless but I was quite shocked when I found out. I’ve had to be assessed to make sure I’m a suitable person and information is being emailed to me in stages.

“I know that the Olympic flame will be passed to my torch and I will jog with it for around a mile before I light the next person’s torch. I won’t know where my start and finish points will be until four weeks before the day.”

She was nominated for her work with street children and disadvantaged communities in Kenya that have been affected by HIV and AIDS.

Ms Harley has taken a month of unpaid leave every summer for the last 10 years to work as a nurse and supervise UK teenage volunteers for the Moving Mountains charity.

She said: “I run medical clinics for the local street children and check for infections and illnesses. This means that for ten days they have access to care.

“Many of them have lost parents to AIDS and don’t even know how old they are.”


Readers' comments (6)

  • I can't think of anyone more deserving and good luck to you and run for every nurse in our country!

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  • a great honour for all the people you represent, including the nursing profession.

    Very many congratulations!

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  • Well done

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  • What a fantastic honour.
    Congratulations and good luck.

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  • .... but how will she get time off?

    But seriously - Good luck :)

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  • Good luck to u.. It feels great to have u represents us nurses.. All the best..

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