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Community heart nurse to join torch relay

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A Bradford community heart nurse is one of at least four nurses set to carry the Olympic Torch this summer.

David Lighten, who works for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will participate in the Olympic torch relay on 24 June.

Each runner will carry the torch for 300 metres. Mr Lighten, who completed the London Marathon last month, will carry the torch through Harehills in Leeds.

He was secretly nominated by his wife Chloe, who said David “always tries to make his patients’ lives a little bit happier by going the extra mile for them”. 

Mr Lighten, who works in community cardiac rehabilitation nurse throughout Bradford, said he was “absolutely gobsmacked” when he found out he had been successfully nominated.

He said: “I feel truly humbled to have been selected alongside some incredible people when you read about some of the really amazing things that other torchbearers have done.

“Now my only dilemma is do I sprint the 300m on June 24 or do I milk it for all that it is worth – that is a decision still to be taken but whatever happens I plan to enjoy every bit of the honour,” he added.

Mr Lighten retrained as a nurse after leaving the army in 2004.

He said: “I see my job as not only there to provide medical advice to people who have suffered a heart attack, but for a lot of my patients who live by themselves, I try to also be a companion, provide help and advice on a number of problems they may have from helping with disability benefit forms to speaking to social services on their behalf.”

Other nurses due to carry the torch include neonatal nurse Jo Chubb from James Cook University Hospital. She is due to carry the torch on 17 June during its Middlesbrough leg.

Karen West, an oncology lead nurse at BMI’s Goring Hall Hospital, will carry the torch when it passes through Sussex in July, and accident and emergency sister Emma Harley, who works at West Middlesex University Hospital, will carry the torch in Westminster on 26 July.

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