OAB Trustee carries Olympic Torch

Simon Cruden carries the Olympic TorchOn Monday 9th July Simon Cruden, a Trustee at Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, carried the Olympic Torch as it passed through Oxfordshire. Simon took over as torch bearer on part of the route through Bicester town centre.

Simon was diagnosed with a brain tumour and had six operations on his brain between the ages of 12 and 16. As a result of his brain tumour he is now registered blind due to being severely sight impaired.

Simon’s employer, Marks and Spencer, nominated him as a torch bearer. They stated, “Just before his 17th birthday Simon started performing magic tricks and juggling on the children’s wards at The John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital. He also spent his time talking to children and their parents about future surgery and similar experiences. Nearly 14 years of volunteering later he still loves doing it…and the difference that he makes is truly inspiring.”

Simon only became a formal Trustee at Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) in June 2012. Prior to this Simon was an advisor to the Executive Committee at OAB and has been instrumental in raising awareness of the charity, in particular providing advice and perspective from a visually impaired person’s point of view.

Simon said, “Being chosen to carry the Olympic Torch and taking part in such a unique event was a fantastic experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I feel privileged and honoured to have been a part of it.”