Locals help create the Paralympic Flame

August 28, 2012

Blind mountaineers Pat Shields from Newry and Bernadette Sloan from Warrenpoint with local Scouts helped create the flame on the summit  of Slieve Donard in Co Down. The Flame will unite with the English,  Scottish and Welsh National Flames in Stoke Mandeville on 28 August to  create the Paralympic Flame.

Nominated by the Royal National Institute of Blind People Northern Ireland for this historic happening,  Bernie and Pat are also part of a group of 15 blind and partially sighted people training to climb Ben Nevis. Bernie Sloan said: “I feel so lucky to be included in this once in a lifetime opportunity. Climbing Slieve Donard was a challenge but I could not wait to get to the top for what was a very historic occasion.”

Bernie aged 54 and Pat ten years her elder are looking forward to their next big challenge in Scotland and are quick to acknowledge the help they are getting in preparing for their mountain adventure. Bernie was guided up and down Slieve Donard by  Danny McSherry a staff member of RNIB who said it was an honour and a privilege to be involved in such a momentum event with such special dedicated people.