Former Chief Superintendent to carry Olympic torch
A former Essex Police Chief Superintendent has been chosen to
carry the Olympic torch through Chelmsford.
Photo: Jed Stopher (centre) running the London
Jed Stopher, 49, retired from Essex Police earlier
this year having raised thousands of pounds for Broomfield Hospital
as the leader of the Essex Police Marathon Team.
He has now been selected to carry the Olympic Torch through
Chelmsford on July 7, 2012 as part of its 70-day
journey across the UK on route to the Opening Ceremony in
Jed, who was nominated by his wife and staff at the hospital in
Chelmsford, is one of 8000 inspirational torchbearers chosen to
carry the torch on its journey between May 19 and July 27,
He was chosen by an Olympic selection panel and is now looking
forward to playing his part in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
He said: “I found out the good news a few weeks ago. It’s
fantastic stuff and I’m really grateful for the opportunity. I’m
very much looking forward to it.”
Jed has run a total of ten marathons, many in full police
uniform, to raise money for charities including Epilepsy UK and the
British Heart Foundation.
In 2009, Jed and the Essex Police Marathon Team completed the
London Marathon to raise £10,000 to help equip an intensive
care unit at Broomfield Hospital with advanced life-saving
equipment. The following year the team ran again to raise money for
a special intensive care baby unit at the hospital.