Today (July 26 2012) will see the Olympic torch continue it's procession through the streets of London. One of today's torch bearers will be Sharon Coleman, a carer who in 2008 won a landmark legal battle to prove she had suffered discrimination because of her caring situation.
Sharon will be carrying the torch through South London from around midday today. Carrying the torch is considered a great honour and at Carers UK we can think of no one more deserving of that honour than Sharon. Her fight centred on the fact that although not disabled herself Sharon had suffered unfair treatment at work because she had a disabled son. Despite the obvious difficulties Sharon perservered and took her case all the way to Europe. Her fight would eventually lead to new rights for all carers.
You can read her full story at http://www.carersuk.org/get-support/caring-blog/item/382-sharon-coleman--fighting-for-her-rights
Earlier today the Olympic torch will also pass directly outside Carers UK's London office and some of our staff will be outside to cheer it on.