Paralympic Torch joy for former Louth student

Nikki Styles with her Paralympic Torch.
Nikki Styles with her Paralympic Torch.

A FORMER Louth woman has described the ‘awe inspiring’ moment she got to carry the Paralympic Torch through Aylesbury.

Nicki Styles, 39, a former Monks’ Dyke Technology College pupil, now lives in the area and was nominated to take part after years of fundraising.

She was part of a team of five who carried the torch through the Buckinghamshire town on Tuesday.

Her son Brandon suffers from metabolic disorder argininosuccinic aciduria, a rare genentic condition, and her first child died of the same condition just six days old.

Ever since, she has raised money for hospitals including Great Ormond Street in London, and her efforts have not gone unnoticed.

She told the Leader: “The evening was amazing! I feel very proud to be part of it. The crowds turned out cheering us all on and being very supportive.

“I was in a team of five, all charity fundraisers. As I was first in our team I had to ‘kiss’ the flame from the previous team.

“Overall it was on the the most awe inspiring moments of my life.”

Flames were lit in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales before being brought together to create one Paralympic Flame ahead of the games which get underway today (Wednesday).