May 20, 2012
Helen Foundation patrons, MUSE, had the exceptional honour of carrying the Olympic Torch over Shaldon Bridge as part of the 8,000 mile progress of the Torch around Britain. Super-group MUSE all knew Helen personally and were devastated following her fatal accident. They readily agreed to become among the charity’s first Patrons and have continued their encouragement as patrons ever since.
London 2012 says on its website: “London 2012 has found 8,000 truly inspirational people from across the UK to carry the Olympic Flame – a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. We have done our best to make sure each Torchbearer carries the Flame in, or near to, their local area to help friends and family cheer them on along the way.”
Over 5,000 people lined Shaldon Bridge to greet (from left to right) Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard who expressed their sense of honour at being selected to carry the Torch, taking it over from Alec Collyer, another local hero of our times!
Helen Foundation Chairman, Roger Kirk, says: “We are truly delighted for MUSE to be given this honour that reflects the local community’s admiration for their world-renowned achievements in music.