A Jet2.com member of staff was one of the 8,000 specially selected individuals across the UK to bear the Olympic torch as it made its journey through South Yorkshire.
Barry Hughes who lives in Leeds and works for the leading leisure airline as a Business Intelligence Accountant, carried the flame from Westgate to High Street in Rotherham as crowds of people lined the streets to join in the festivities.
Barry was given the unique opportunity to join the torch relay as a result of his efforts to establish TrekToTheSky, an organisation dedicated to raising funds for causes close to him and his fellow fundraiser’s hearts, including St Gemma’s Hospice and West Yorkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. Since it was set up in 2010, Barry has taken part in a variety of challenges from trekking the Inca Trail and a 100km route across Iceland to reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua. In just 2 years, TrekToTheSky has raised over £30,000 for charity.
Barry said, “It was such an honour to be put forward as a potential torchbearer, let alone actually be selected for the task! The atmosphere in Rotherham was unbelievable and I feel so proud to have played a part in such an important event for the country.”
For more information on TrekToTheSky and its upcoming fundraising events visit: www.trektothesky.org.uk