Sight-impaired charity manager describes carrying Paralympic torch as “like a dream”

A VOLUNTEER manager has described carrying the Paralympic torch as “one of the best experiences I have ever had”.

Yesterday, visually-impaired Paul Atkins carried the torch through Deptford in a half-mile relay with other sight-impaired people.

Accompanied by his dog Nessie, Paul, who has been at Support 4 Sight for nine years and is the charity’s centre and volunteer manager, said his adventure was “like a dream and something I’ll remember all my life”.

Paul felt particularly overwhelmed by the cheering crowds and the vibrant atmosphere of the occasion.

Paul was thrilled the organisation initially nominated him for a place through RNIB/Lloyds TSB Paralympic Torchbearer Scheme. Since news of his Paralympic torchbearing placement broke, he has been interviewed by press and radio stations and gained a high local profile.