Brave Exmouth teen to light jubilee beacon

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 May 2012

Raymond O'Sullivan. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 4115-41-10SH

Raymond O'Sullivan. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 4115-41-10SH


Brave Exmouth teenager Raymond O’Sullivan has been chosen by the town to light its jubilee beacon. Raymond, 13, has been battling cancer for several years.

The honour of lighting Exmouth’s Diamond Jubilee beacon has fallen upon teenage cancer battler Raymond O’Sullivan.

Raymond, 13, of Green Close, Withycombe Raleigh, is one of thousands of people across the country that will light a beacon to mark the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.

Raymond, who for several years has been battling Rhabdomyosarcoma – a cancer which affects the eyes – was chosen by Exmouth Town Council for his bravery in battling the disease.

His mum Vanessa Evens, 44, said: “I am humbled that he has been asked.

“It is such an honour and a privilege.

“He’s really excited and proud to be part of such a big thing. He will always know he was part of the jubilee celebrations for Exmouth – the town that has supported him all the way through.

“I think that’s brilliant.”

The beacon Raymond will light is just one of a ‘network’ throughout the UK and commonwealth.

Suzanne Birkett from Exmouth Town Council said Raymond’s ‘tremendous spirit’, living life to the full in the face of adversity, had led to him being asked.

She said: “We are honoured to have Raymond light the official Jubilee beacon on Orcombe Point.

“He deserves this and we are delighted that he will join us.”

For more details on the ceremony to light Exmouth’s beacon, turn to page 31.

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