Hospital visitor Alan is a shining light for patients

Staff at Wansbeck General Hospital with Olympic torch relay runner Alan Hoyle.
Staff at Wansbeck General Hospital with Olympic torch relay runner Alan Hoyle.
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THE Olympic torch is still lighting up lives over a month after it was carried through south east Northumberland.

Olympic relay runner Alan Hoyle took his torch to Ashington’s Wansbeck General Hospital and Blyth Community Hospital to share his memories of the event with patients too poorly to watch it at the time.

The 28-year-old, of Blyth, carried the flame through Tynemouth on Friday, June 15, and has described it as one of the best days of his life.

He said: “The crowds lined the route all the way. Their support was fantastic, but I realised that there are a lot of people who couldn’t come along because they were ill or were caring for the sick.

“That’s why I wanted to go to the hospitals to show the patients and the staff the Olympic torch.”

“ I hope in some small way it will make them feel involved in this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

He visited wards and departments at Wansbeck General, Blyth Community and North Tyneside General hospitals.

Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, added: “This is a great gesture from Alan, I’m sure many of our patients and staff would have loved to watch him run his part of the relay in Tynemouth, but couldn’t make it because of illness or caring for the sick.

“I can’t thank him enough for giving up his time to share his experience of the day,” he said.

Alan runs Aspire2Achieve, a local organisation that offers young people the opportunity to participate in activities and learn new skills, and runs his own basketball league and works with all abilities, including mentally and physically disabled people.