Torch glory for charity champ Kaye

Kaye Dixon has been selected to be an Olympic torch bearer for her work raising money in memory of Sgt. John Amer and as football referee and coach.
Kaye Dixon has been selected to be an Olympic torch bearer for her work raising money in memory of Sgt. John Amer and as football referee and coach.
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KAYE Dixon is preparing to take her place in history.

The charity champ, who raised thousands of pounds in memory of a fallen Wearside hero, has been selected as an Olympic torchbearer.

Kaye, 33, of Silksworth, has raised more than £12,000 for The ABF Soldiers Charity by organising events in honour of Sergeant John Amer, 30, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

Kaye is friends with Louise Amer, John’s sister-in-law.

“We’re just over the moon,” said Kaye. “It’s fantastic to be chosen. It’s a recognition of all my hard work and it’s a tribute to John as well.”

Kaye will carry the Olympic torch on part of its route through the country on its way to light the Olympic flame at the London 2012 games.

“I don’t know where I’ll be carrying it yet. It will be on June 16 and it will be somewhere between Gateshead and Durham – but it would be great to carry it through Sunderland,” she said.

As well as her charity efforts, Kaye is also a football referee and coaches the under-eights team in Houghton.

“I get a lot of support from the club and from the under-eights team for my fund-raising,” said Kaye, who works for an insurance company.

Her fund-raising efforts have taken the form of events such as charity nights and a football match, with Kaye organising the venue, transport, teams and officials for the game.

The charity is for soldiers who have been to war zones and who have came back injured or in some cases where soldiers have lost their lives while on duty. The charity provides for the needs of soldiers and their families.

The selection judges said: “Kaye gives so much time and dedication to this charity and plays a massive part in helping raising money to this worthwhile charity.

“While doing this Kaye also runs and manages a local youth football club, supporting children in the local community in sport.”

Kaye was nominated to become a torchbearer by her manager and selected through the Lloyds TSB public nomination campaign.

The Olympic torch is coming through Sunderland on day 29, and will pass by Penshaw Monument. Large-scale celebrations are due to take place to coincide with the event on June 16.

As reported in the Echo, disability rights campaigner Claire Parker, from Hendon, has already been chosen as a torchbearer.

The partially-sighted 31-year-old will join Kaye as one of 8,000 people who will carry the famous flame next summer.

Claire was nominated by the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

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