Updated: 22/03/2012 14:45 | By pa.press.net

Son bears torch in Tomlinson memory

Jane Tomlinson

Jane Tomlinson

The teenage son of inspirational fundraiser Jane Tomlinson is to carry the Olympic Torch on behalf of his late mother.

Steven Tomlinson, 14, will be taking his turn on the relay when the torch arrives in Leeds in June.

His mother, who died from cancer in 2007 at the age of 43, carried the torch ahead of the 2004 Games in Athens.

Steven said: "I'm really excited about being nominated as a torchbearer.

"It's a great opportunity to be part of the Olympics. I will be doing it on behalf of my sisters and my mum. It should be a great experience."

Mrs Tomlinson inspired thousands of people with her charity challenges while battling against terminal cancer.

The NHS radiographer defied experts and spent seven years raising money for charity through marathons, triathlons, the Iron Man contest, a tandem cycle ride from Rome to Leeds and a bike ride across America, from San Francisco to New York.

She raised more than £1.85 million and her family have continued to raise funds for her charity, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, since her death.

She was awarded the MBE for her work in June 2003 and later made a CBE.

Last month, her husband, Mike, 50, of Rothwell, West Yorkshire, and daughter, Rebecca, 23, of Tooting, south London, announced they are planning to run this year's Paris and London marathons and cycle the distance between them.

Get the Bing Sports App for Windows 8 (© Microsoft)