Meet college’s fantastic five

Beaumont College Olympic torch bearers Natasha Watkin, Dan Crowe ,Tom Green,  Victoria Brier, Jessica Hodge and David Johnson
Beaumont College Olympic torch bearers Natasha Watkin, Dan Crowe ,Tom Green, Victoria Brier, Jessica Hodge and David Johnson
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STUDENTS at Beaumont College have been chosen to be as torchbearers.

Five have been chosen by the college – a specialist college for people with cerebral palsy – because they have inspiring stories, and have worked hard to overcome difficulties.

Some will take part on the torch route in Morecambe this Friday, and others in Preston this the following day.

They are:

Jessica Hodge, 19, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy with fluctuating tone, learning and communication difficulties, took part in the CancerCare charity dash in December 2011. She is inspirational to other disabled people.

Thomas Green, 20, represented disabled people at the International Day of the Disabled, by asking questions of the public, and making a film.

Tom took part in the Sport Relief mile and the BUPA Manchester 10K this year, and has been at the centre of many disability activities.

Natasha Watkin, 21, has cerebral palsy. She represented the college at the Disabled Leaders of the Future event. She also presented a piece of her art to the House of Lords last year, and took part in this year’s Sport Relief mile.

David Johnson, 23, has cerebral palsy and communication difficulties. He helped host the North West Learner Forum for specialist colleges in the North West, and is an up-and-coming DJ in his leisure time.

Dan Crowe, 19, has cerebral palsy, ataxic quadriplegia, and mild thoracic scoliosis. Dan is a member of the college’s Student Union, representing the views and needs of disabled learners at the college and beyond, and is a fell walker and runner.