Baton-Bearers Proud To Represent Dudley Borough As Commonwealth Games Approach (Latest News)

In advance of the Commonwealth Games, a Black Country borough plans to support fundraisers, Olympians, and local heroes competing in the Queen’s Baton Relay.

On Sunday, July 24, 35 baton-bearers will arrive in Dudley borough as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Several well-known and motivating individuals will carry the baton throughout the route, which begins at the Halesowen Fun Run and ends at the Waterfront in Brierley Hill.

Amy Dowden, a professional ballroom and Latin dancer, was chosen for leading the Dudley dance school Art in Motion, which offers young people in Dudley the opportunity to engage in performance art.

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Because of her appearances on “Strictly Come Dancing” on BBC One, she is also a well-known national figure.

She uttered: “Being selected as a carrier for Dudley, which I think of as a second home, makes me feel extremely honored.

I will carry the baton as a cheer for the wonderful and flourishing talent that we have in Dudley borough, and I hope it will encourage more children and young people to take up sport and physical activity.”

Councilor Shaz Saleem, a wealthy local businessman and political appointee for the public arena, has collected money for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Dudley Mind, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the British Liver Trust, and Russell’s Hall Hospital, and Papayrus.

He has raised money by skydiving, climbing Ben Nevis, ziplining, and bungee leaping, among other things.

Additionally, he oversees KNWH Youth Club, and Kuppa Club, founded the Wall Heath in Bloom program, and collaborates closely with neighborhood police officers on the Speed Watch initiative.

It’s incredible to learn about some of the other Dudley bearers; it’s a great honor to be chosen, and I want to thank everyone in the neighborhood for supporting my humanitarian endeavors.

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“I recently established The Saleem Foundation in honor of my late grandpa, who was enthusiastic about assisting people by tackling regional concerns, and he will be very much in my thoughts as I carry the mantle,” the speaker said.

Health advocate Haania Hussain, former fire department commander Andy Cashmore, former Olympic hockey player Jennie Bimson, and committed fundraiser 12-year-old Imogen Shuttleworth are among those carrying the Queen’s Baton in the Dudley borough.

Haania Hussain, a medical student, has utilized her own experience with asthma as a child to better the healthcare experience for young people and to contribute to the development of the National Bundle of Care for Children and Young People with Asthma.

She actively promotes youth voices and tries to increase public awareness of the health disparities that minority communities experience.

Following a car accident in 2020, Lower Gornal resident Andy Cashmore suffered injuries that would change his life.

The 57-year-old group commander was forced to retire after more than 27 years of service with the West Midlands Fire Service, but during that time, he raised more than ยฃ10,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity.

He also participated in a multi-agency reaction team that guarded the Olympic Torch during its 2012 sailing competition in Weymouth and during its tour of the United Kingdom.

Jennie Bimson was raised in the Dudley Borough and has participated in a number of prestigious sporting competitions, including the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Additionally, she has competed in three Commonwealth Games for England, winning two silver and one bronze in Kuala Lumpur, Manchester, and Melbourne.

During her 10-year career, she participated in 201 international hockey matches. She currently resides in Wall Heath with her husband and five-year-old son.

Since she was six years old, Imogen Shuttleworth, a Stourbridge secondary school student, has worked tirelessly to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Imogen was motivated to donate more than ยฃ13,000 after learning that her younger sister was hospitalized for an operation when she was just five weeks old and underwent a second procedure two years later.

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