Leigh 'worthy of Games honour'
A charity worker with a rare medical condition is one of nine nominees from the county who could carry the Paralympic flame next year.
People across the country have been asked to nominate candidates to carry the torch ahead of the Games in 2012.
The nine from Leicestershire include 26-year-old Leigh Pick, from Melton.
The customer service team leader was put forward by colleague Sally Vann for her dedicated charity work and devotion to raising money for people with disabilities.
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Leigh, who has albinism and nystagmus – uncontrollable movement of the eyes – said: "Sally sent me a text saying 'I hope you don't mind but I've just nominated you to carry the Paralympic torch'.
"I didn't mind at all, I thought it fantastic. It's very humbling, too.
"I'm incredibly excited. It would mean so much to see the Games, especially the Paralympics.
"I'm on tenterhooks and I can't wait to find out if I've been successful."
Leigh has limited vision and cannot be exposed to direct sunlight due to the lack of pigmentation in the skin.
Despite this, she is to travel to the foot of Mount Everest to take part in a mountain trek to base camp.
She hopes to raise at least £500 for Vitalise, a national charity which provides holidays for disabled people with complex needs.
She said: "There will be four of us who are visually impaired and our guides.
"I'm excited and nervous but it's for a great cause and, hopefully, we can raise loads of money."
Leigh also volunteers at Leicester charity Vista, which supports people with visual impairments.
Sally, who has worked with Leigh at Melton Borough Council for about five years, said: "She works full-time and in her spare time she's doing so much volunteer work.
"I think she's amazing. For a normal-sighted person it would be hard work but Leigh is so determined and never complains about anything.
"I just thought she needed to be recognised and I thought this would be a brilliant way of rewarding her for all the selfless stuff she does for other people.
"If she gets to do it I think I'll cry."
The torch relay has been organised by LloydsTSB to recognise those who make a difference in their community or support disabled people.
A similar relay is also being organised for the main Olympic games.
The successful torch bearers for the Paralympic flame will work in teams of five to carry it on its journey to the opening ceremony of the games on August 29.
People will be able to nominate torch bearers until midnight tonight.
Successful nominees will be notified by May next year.
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