Luke’s visit keeps Olympic spirit alive

Olympic Torch Bearer, 12yr. old Luke Skipper (Centre in wheelchair) with his brother Benjamin & Brunswick Gardens Retirement Village residents.
Olympic Torch Bearer, 12yr. old Luke Skipper (Centre in wheelchair) with his brother Benjamin & Brunswick Gardens Retirement Village residents.

OLYMPIC fever has swept a Sheffield retirement village.

Residents of Brunswick Gardens, Woodhouse, who have been marking London 2012 with activities all year, were treated to a visit from an Olympic torchbearer.

Luke Skipper, aged 12, who carried the torch through Darton in the relay, was guest of honour at a celebratory event. The coup came about through his grandparents Janet and Rex Skipper, who live together in the extra care village.

Luke, who has West Syndrome, a rare epileptic disorder, was accompanied by his family, including little brother Ben, when he brought the golden beacon in to share with people.

Suzanne Simons, activities facilitator at Brunswick Gardens, said: “It was a really lovely day. When I found out Luke was the grandson of one of our residents I wanted to invite him along so that we could all say a big congratulations to him.

“We’ve been doing activities for the Olympics all year.”