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Anchor House Director carries the Olympic Flame

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Anchor House Director carries the Olympic Flame

25th July 2012

With just a few days to go until the Games kick off, on Monday the Olympic flame travelled through the London Borough of Bromley, carried by the Director of an east London homelessness charity.

Keith Fernett, Director of Anchor House in Canning Town, took part in the latest leg of the UK torch relay before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London on Friday for the opening Games ceremony.

The 59-year-old was nominated by a colleague at Anchor House, for his championing of the voluntary sector and provision of homelessness services in the London borough of Newham.

Keith joined Anchor House in 2004 and over the last eight years his energy, boldness and absolute commitment to the plight of homeless people has made Anchor House a byword for best practice in the third sector, and an example of how the modern charity should operate.

On Monday, Keith passed the flame onto 4x100m Athens Olympic gold medallist Marlon Devonish, who took a lap of Crystal Palace stadium with the flame. He was one of 187 torchbearers who carried the flame as it visited the boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley, Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth on its third day in London and 66th overall.

Keith said “The torch has brought peace and unity to East London, it instils a fantastic sense of community and it was a privilege to be part of the Olympic games.”

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