Honour for carer Josie

Josie Goodfellow,  Olympic Torch
Josie Goodfellow, Olympic Torch

AN Amble mum’s compassion and commitment have been recognised, after she was chosen to carry the Olympic Flame.

Josie Goodfellow has cared for her disabled husband Stephen for more than 25 years.

The dedicated mother-of-three also runs and plays for Amble Netball Club, as well as coaching at Morpeth Harriers.

And the 51-year-old admits that the chance to be involved in the iconic Torch Relay this summer is a ‘nice reward’ for her efforts.

“I am over the moon. It is a way of taking part in the Olympics,” said Josie, of Links Avenue, who was nominated by her daughter Shelly Bremner.

Josie, a teaching assistant at Amble Links First School – who also runs after-school activities – will carry the Flame in Berwick on June 14.

While she is delighted to have been chosen, she admits that it would have been nice to carry the Torch in her hometown when it passes through Amble on June 15.

But Josie, who has two other daughters – Joanne Stone and Stevie Goodfellow – added: “Hopefully, I will get a lot of support from the people in Berwick.”

Having been picked to carry the Flame, Josie is planning to buy a replica torch and use it to raise money for Amble Links First School.