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Your Chance to Help Light a Flame for Rio

Second only to the Olympic Games in size, the Paralympic Games is now a major world event watched by a global audience of billions.

On September 2nd 2016 the heritage flame for Rio 2016 will be lit at the historic home of the Paralympic movement – Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

To an audience of thousands in the Stoke Mandeville Stadium and millions across the globe, one Paralympic athlete will ignite the heritage flame. Representing the proud heritage of the Paralympic movement this single flame will travel across the world to be merged with the five Brazilian regional flames. Together they will light the Paralympic flame in Rio on September 5th and start the two day torch relay that will arrive in the Olympic stadium for the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Heritage Flame event represents the prestige, pride and passion of the Paralympic Games and brings Buckinghamshire to the eyes of the world. With an associated community programme, superb VIP hospitality and networking, plus local, regional, national and international visibility, the lighting of the heritage flame is more than a single, spectacular event. It is an opportunity to be part of something much bigger.

A range of sponsorship packages are available for Buckinghamshire Businesses, to find out more and to see how you can get involved contact Andy Inchley ainchley@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk Tel 01296 585221

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The following Paralympic Heritage Flame Ambassadors are supporting the Bucks Legacy programme in securing sponsorship and community support for the Rio Flame Lighting Events on September 2nd:

Milly Soames, High Sheriff for Buckinghamshire

Sir Stuart Hampson, DL

Allan Westray, DL

Roger Fennemore


* The following organisations are among the sponsors supporting the event:

1 Life

Buckinghamshire County Council

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

Milton Keynes Council

Red Rose

Red Eagle

Sportif Citroen

Vale of Aylesbury Housing 


Wernick Group


Wycombe District Council