Keeping those golden memories alive…

Suffering from post-Olympic withdrawal symptoms? Here’s a footnote to this year’s great event – and a reminder that the Paralympics start on 29 August…Here’s Rebekah Wagnell, younger daughter of our Midlands and East Anglia sales manager Paul Wagnell, carrying the Olympic torch through Aylesbury on its way to London.

As one of the 8000-strong relay team, Rebekah’s 300-yard stretch through the town was cheered by thousands as she slowed down her pace to a walk to savour the moment.

“It was fantastic, a great honour and wonderful to be part of the whole Olympic experience,” she says. “The crowd was shouting as if we’d won the football World Cup – or I’d won an Olympic gold myself!”

Medal success is something Rebekah already knows all about – she’s already won swimming gold at the World and British Transplant Games. The 16 year old was born with kidney failure and owes her life to father Paul, who donated a kidney to her when she was just 10 years old. Just to add to her trophies, all the Olympic torch-bearers were given the opportunity to buy their own copy of the torch, which is now under lock and key at the Wagnells and something the family will treasure for ever…