Sir Chris Bonington to auction Olympic torch

Sir Chris Bonington and family - with the Olympic Torch - on the summit of Snowdon. Credit: Community Action Nepal

The Olympic torch that was carried by the famous Cumbrian mountaineer, Sir Chris Bonington, is about to be auctioned for charity. Sir Chris took the torch to the summit of Snowdon in May.

Describing the day, he said;

" The torch travelled on the train up Snowdon and I carried it up the final bit, but it was a truly marvellous experience and I found the whole thing very emotional – which came upon me as a bit of a surprise. I still feel immensely proud to have played a modest part in this year’s tremendous Olympics."

He wants to raise money for Community Action Nepal, a charity founded by fellow mountaineer, Doug Scott.

" The aim of Community Action Nepal is to help the mountain communities remain sustainable, viable and to help stop the human drift into Kathmandu. _ "The reality is that with just a bit of support the hill communities can provide a decent way of life, while the supposed attractions of Kathmandu invariably end in exploitation, despair and often tragedy for the hill people."

Sir Chris says he's delighted to be involved;

"I really can’t think of a better use for my Olympic Torch than to raise funds for this outstanding charity. We often hear talk of an “Olympic Legacy”, well this will be very useful legacy for some of the world’s poorest people. I’m hopeful that the auction will take the final bid into a big figure – somewhere in excess £10,000".