Sue’s torch auction

Sue Marley, from Ackworth, has been nominated to carry the Olympic flame for her dedication to raising money for cystic fibrosis. She lost her daughter to the disease a couple of years ago and has already been awarded an MBE for her services to the charity.'p6082b133'Picture by Andrew Bellis.
Sue Marley, from Ackworth, has been nominated to carry the Olympic flame for her dedication to raising money for cystic fibrosis. She lost her daughter to the disease a couple of years ago and has already been awarded an MBE for her services to the charity.'p6082b133'Picture by Andrew Bellis.

A TIRELESS fundraiser is auctioning her Olympic torch to raise much-needed funds for charity.

Sue Marley, of Langdale Drive, Low Ackworth, who carried the flame through Headingley in Leeds, will sell the beacon to the highest bidder to raise cash for three good causes.

Mrs Marley, 55, who already has an MBE for her dedication to raising funds for sufferers of cystic fibrosis, was nominated for the torch honour after setting up Becci’s Find a Cure Memorial Fund in memory of her 27-year-old daughter Rebecca who died from the disease.

She said: “I wanted to raise money for Rebecca’s fund and while the torch is a wonderful thing to keep and I’ll be sad to see it go because I’m getting quite attached to it, it’s only going to be on display in my house.

“I just thought I should make use of it by raising money for charity. That’s what I was nominated for so it seems right that I do that. I’ve got my memories and photographs, keeping the torch won’t make that better but hopefully someone else will benefit for the money I can raise from it.”

Mrs Marley will auction the torch at the fund’s annual charity cricket match on September 9. Proceeds will be split the fund, the Prince of Wales Hospice and Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Of her experience carrying the torch, Mrs Marley added: “I was really proud and honoured to carry the torch and I wish I could do it all again.”