The Olympic Torch
CategoryNorth London Hospice
Olympic fever swept through North London Hospice today with the arrival of the iconic torch. Patients, staff and volunteers were overcome with excitement as they got their hands on the golden beacon when Olympic relay runner Shanti Makani popped in. Shanti, 59, of Nether Street, in Finchley, carried the torch through the borough of Brent on Wednesday and raised £1,001 in sponsorship for the hospice. Shanti, whose mother received care from the hospice back in 2009, said he was delighted to show off the torch at the Finchley-based hospice. Shanti, an electrician, said: “Carrying the torch was a once in a life-time opportunity. “On the day hundreds turned out including all my family. The atmosphere was fantastic and streets were lined thick with crowds cheering and waving. I felt incredibly proud, and a little overwhelmed.” Shanti was nominated to carry the torch for being a caring neighbour and helping older people when they need assistance with chores. For the past 20 years he has also been involved in teaching children Maths and Science. He added: “Being able to share this excitement with the patients and staff has been fantastic. Seeing them smile has brought me much delight.” Shanti presented the cheque to nurse Marcia Green-Williams before touring the rooms visiting patients. Marcia said: “I felt so special holding the torch. It has made me feel part of the Olympics. There’s been a real buzz around the hospice today. The patients really came alive when they saw it and their spirits were lifted. ”Shanti’s donation will directly allows us to continue to provide care to patients and their families” North London Hospice helps people to live with a potentially life-limiting illness providing emotional, spiritual and practical support to them, their families, friends and carers.