Residents at a Corby care home will get the chance to see an Olympic torch up close.
Dr Chai Patel, chairman of HC-One, the country’s newest and third largest provider of residential care for the elderly and owner of Glenmoor House, Corby, took part in the relay yesterday (Tuesday, July 24), running with it through West London.
Dr Patel was nominated by Team GB to carry the torch and, having completed his leg of the relay, he will be sending it on its own journey around HC-One Homes, including Glenmoor House in Rockingham Road.
Dr Patel first met Team GB when he travelled with young athletes to Beijing in 2008 in order to give them support and exposure to big events.
He is a supporter of a number of charities, including the veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress, Windsor Leadership Trust and Bright Futures, his family’s trust through which they donate to other organisations including the British Olympic Association.
Dr Chai Patel said: “I can’t express how proud I was to have been asked to carry the Olympic Torch in the final days before the Games start.
“Since 2005, when London won the bid to hold the 2012 Olympics, I have been excited for the opportunities it brings to our country and our Olympians and Paralympians.
“It was a huge honour. Since taking a role in HC-One I have had many humbling and moving days, inspired by the staff and residents. Carrying the torch was another such day.”