Suffolk: Charity stalwarts will be lighting the way to the Olympics

A DEDICATED charity volunteer and village stalwart will be among those honoured with carrying the Olympic torch when it makes its way through Suffolk.

Caroline Emeny, of Laxfield, will be taking the flame through Southwold on July 5.

The 54-year-old was nominated for the honour by her husband, Colin.

Mrs Emeny battled bowel cancer six years ago and now volunteers for the Colostomy Association to help others facing a similar situation.

She has also raised thousands of pounds for charity and been heavily involved in village life for a number of years.

Mrs Emeny was editor of the parish magazine for around five years, while she was also treasurer of the local horticultural society.

She is still involved with Laxfield Charities in Need, the village 100 Club and the village fete.

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Commenting on being selected for the Olympic torch procession Mrs Emeny, who works for V-M Marketing in Ubbeston, said: “As it’s getting nearer it’s getting more and more exciting. It’s a huge honour and privilege and something that I will be able to tell my grandchildren about.

“I would really like the village to get behind me and I’m trying to encourage as many people as possible to come to Southwold to watch and cheer me on. It should be a great atmosphere.”

A BUSINESSMAN from west Suffolk who admits he is addicted to charity challenges says he feels privileged to have been chosen to be an Olympic torchbearer.

It was the idea of Molly Jarvis, nine, to nominate her father Craig, who owns Ravenwood Hall hotel in Rougham and the Black Lion hotel in Long Melford.

In putting him forward, his wife Julie described him as a “local hero” who has helped many people by raising money doing “wild and dangerous events”.

Mr Jarvis, who also has a daughter called Jessie, 15, estimated in total he had generated about �250,000 for good causes – including through being in a team – since he started fundraising about 20 years ago.

The 52-year-old has put his body to the test in charity challenges such as a series of ultra marathons through the Amazon jungle last October and the Marathon des Sables through the Sahara Desert in 2010.

He returns from his forthcoming motorcycle charity challenge in the Himalayas only three days before he carries the Olympic torch through Southwold on July 5.

Mr Jarvis said: “My concern is coming back in time and in one piece from the Himalayas to do it.”

He added: “It’s a lovely thing to be able to be part of.”