Runner rewarded with Olympic Torch slot

Lottie with  mum Tracey, Donna,  brother Noel, and Velvet the dog
Lottie with mum Tracey, Donna, brother Noel, and Velvet the dog

A WOMAN who has raised thousands of pounds through running for charity has been rewarded with selection as an Olympic Torchbearer.

Donna Siberry, 36, of Sowerby Bridge, will run with the Olympic Torch as it passes through Dewsbury on June 25 - the previous day it passes through Halifax and Brighouse.

She was nominated by Kathleen Corless, grandma of her husband Chris Griffiths.

Donna was selected in part due to her participation in Team Velvet, through which she has raised money for Dogs for the Disabled by running several half and full marathons.

Team Velvet was formed in gratitude to the charity for providing 11-year-old Lottie Wilcocks, of Ripponden, with her assistant dog Velvet. The Labrador helps Lottie with everyday tasks.

Donna, who works for a drugs and alcohol charity in Keighley, said she was thrilled to be selected.

“I first got an email to say I was shortlisted and it was a huge surprise,” she said.

“It is an honour and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“Over the years I have run for charities which mean a lot to me.

“I’ve chosen Dogs for the Disabled because of the impact Velvet has made to the life of my friend’s little girl Lottie.”

Next month Donna runs the London Marathon for Dogs for the Disabled with Lottie’s mum Tracy and another friend Janet Tolley. They can be sponsored at justgiving Team Velvet.