London 2012: Pregnant mum to carry Olympic torch in Bath

Eleanore Regan, of Lansdown, Bath Eleanore Regan said she was proud to take part in the torch relay

A woman who is battling a brain tumour will carry the Olympic torch on its UK relay tour the day before she is due to give birth to her second child.

Eleanore Regan, from the Lansdown area of Bath, is hoping to carry the flame in Bath along a 300-metre stretch on 22 May, just hours before her due date.

The 28-year-old charity worker, who founded Challenge Africa in 2006, was selected by Locog for her work in the UK, Eastern Europe and Africa.

"I've spoken to baby, it's not going anywhere. It has promised but I did buy a 2012 babygrow in case," said Mrs Regan, who was nominated by a group of friends.

"I won't be running, I'll be waddling."

Health battle

Mrs Regan is one of 8,000 people who will carry the Olympic torch when it arrives in the UK on 18 May.

The relay begins its 8,000-mile journey around the UK at Land's End, Cornwall, on 19 May and reaches the Olympic Stadium in London on 27 July.

Mrs Regan was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year and feels the battle has made her grab opportunities, such as taking part in the relay, with both hands.

She said: "I do enjoy saying 'yes' to things, it's way more fun. That's why I'm probably doing this torch bearing very, very fat or with a baby.

"I feel really lucky because it [the tumour] has made me appreciate everything. We think it's come back but I dealt with it last year, so I'll deal with it again."

As well as working on community projects in Africa with her charity, Mrs Regan also supports social service teams and ex-offenders in the UK, and has helped to establish a community cafe in Bristol.

'Inspirational people'

"This is such a great time for the country," she said. "I feel proud to be able to carry the flame amongst such inspirational people and in such a beautiful city.

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"It's such a great experience.

"I lived near somebody who had a house called Torchbearer Cottage when I was growing up. I won't be going that far but it's a bit of fun isn't it and I'm very proud."

A spokeswoman from Locog said: "We are aware of Eleanore's situation and she has assured us she is comfortable with taking part in the relay.

"We do have a doctor in the convoy who will be able to assist."

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