A South Wales firefighter will be controlling a different kind of fire next week as he becomes one of a few priviledged people from Wales who get to carry the Olympic Torch.

Rick Evans from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service will be running with the iconic Torch for 300 metres on the morning of Friday 25th May, in Malvern.

All torchbearers are nominated by people who know them, and have the privilege to be one of only 8,000 people carrying the Torch and Evans explained why he was chosen:

"I was nominated by my family to celebrate the 10th anniversary of first being diagnosed with testicular cancer and subsequently being clear of the illness," he said.

"I have also undertaken a lot of work and fund raising activities to raise money for several charities, including Velindre hospital, The Fire Fighters charity, St David's Hospice and several others when performing the 'Full Monty', with the crew of Malpas Fire Station".

"I was first diagnosed with testicular cancer in June 2002. Following the diagnosis I underwent two operations and several months of Chemo therapy.  I returned to work 15 months later and then embarked on a challenge to raise awareness and funds for those who supported me through the trying times".

On top of his own fundraising efforts, Evans was also a councillor in Llantrisant and helped support a number of charities in the local area including building a new play park to the value of £50,000.

Evans says the opportunity to carry the Torch will be culmination of a important chapter of his life and an opportunity to represent people going through similar problems.

"I feel incredibly honoured to have this opportunity," he added.

"To carry the Olympic Torch is a great opportunity to represent all those who have been diagnosed and suffered due to cancer and to carry a torch of life for all those that have passed away - both family members including my father and close working colleagues.

Posted 22/05/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com