Cancer patient takes the baton for Jubilee relay

The route of a national relay to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee has been revealed – and Sheffield is on the map.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through Sheffield on Tuesday July 12 2022 calling at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.

The relay will then travel to the English Institute of Sport for a festival which will see pupils from local schools and community groups try out a range of sporting activities.

Members of the community all over the UK have been chosen as baton bearers for the event, to recognise their contribution to their local community, whether that be in sport, education, the arts, culture or charity.

Among the baton bearers in Sheffield is cancer survivor, Lee Brown from Dinnington, who was nominated by family and friends.

In 2016 Mr Brown was diagnosed with and treated for a rare form of cancer – gastrointestinal stromal tumor.

Despite his illness, he overcame the challenges he faced and has since raised more than £100,000 for various local charities.

Lee said: “I was surprised and honoured when I found out I had been nominated, and to be selected for this role is an absolute privilege for me.

“I can’t wait to represent my local region and share this exciting journey with all the other amazing people that have been chosen as baton bearers.”

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, executive member for City Futures at Sheffield City Council, said: “It is a real honour for Sheffield to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay, joining this 25-day tour around host nation England, following its epic journey across the other 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

“Just as the Games connects and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Baton Relay is uniting our regions and is a chance for our own local communities to come together and celebrate. “

He added: “We look forward to giving the inspiring Baton bearers a warm Sheffield welcome as they take on the Yorkshire and the Humber leg of this exciting tour and showing them around some of Sheffield’s top sport and wellbeing facilities at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park and English Institute of Sport Sheffield.”    

The sports festival is being supported by Move More Sheffield partners including Yorkshire Sport Foundation, Sheffield City Trust and the Schools Sports Partnership.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games on 28 July 2022.





Written by Eleanor Jones

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