AS THE COUNTDOWN to the arrival of the relay looms large, one Worcester man is preparing to play his part.
Charity stalwart Philip Fowler was nominated by Worcester City Council and Worcester Community Trust to carry the baton and says it is a ‘huge honour’.
Philip is closely involved in the charitable work of Worcester Community Trust and when the pandemic lockdown measures were introduced, he took the lead as a volunteer, helping to pack and deliver essential supplies to some of Worcester’s most vulnerable residents.
The trustee for Worcester Community Trust, said: “I was genuinely flabbergasted when I received the letter inviting me to be a Batonbearer – flabbergasted, but very proud.
“To be nominated by the City Council and the Community Trust is a huge honour and I’ll admit I was a little teary-eyed.”
Married with three children, Philip runs his own businesses and is also a volunteer non-executive director and trustee at St Paul’s Hostel, which provides support to rough sleepers.
He added: “I don’t seek the limelight, I just get on with things. People say to me ‘you always have a lot on’, but it is about helping vulnerable people in the city and I just need to do it.
“I’m very much looking forward to being a Batonbearer – to be chosen by the city and the community is a great honour.”
Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build-up to the Games.
In England, the Queen’s Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on July 28.
Thousands of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through England, including those nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community, whether that be in sport, education, the arts, culture or charity.
On the afternoon of July 22, Worcester will officially welcome the Baton from 5.30pm.
During its time in Worcester, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Worcester Cathedral, Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s famous New Road ground, and the new Arches – Worcester development.
It will cross the River Severn, the longest river in England – and make a memorable visit to Worcester Racecourse.