Olympic Torch brightens up kids’ ward at Romford hospital

The Olympic Torch has brightened up children’s units at Queen’s Hospital in Romford.

Torchbearer Aimee Sell - who carried the Olympic Flame into Romford Market on its epic journey to the Olympic Stadium - brought her torch in to show young patients and staff at the Tropical Lagoon ward and paediatric outpatients department.

Aimee has had plenty of experience as a hospital patient, after undergoing six operations to remove glass from her eye.

Her brother was also treated for a brain tumour at Queen’s, in Rom Valley Way.

Seventeen-year-old Aimee: “I know what it is like to spend time in hospital, and I just thought that some of the patients might like the chance to hold an Olympic torch.”


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Aimee was chosen take part in the Torch relay after becoming one of the country’s leading young competitors in karate.

Despite the problems with her eye, she became a black belt at the age of 12 and has been crowned both English and British National Champion.

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