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Bonington's Olympic torch raises £13,500 for charity

Sir Chris Bonington on Snowdon Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Sir Chris Bonington on Snowdon carried the Olympic torch on the final steps to the summit of Snowdon

Moutaineering legend Sir Chris Bonington has auctioned his Olympic torch in aid of a charity that helps Nepalese communities.

The winner of a sealed bid auction was announced in the Royal Geographical Society, London, on Wednesday.

Richard Campbell-Jackson, from London, who is also a mountaineer, won the torch with his bid of £13,500.

Doug Scott, founder of Community Action Nepal (CAN), said the money would mean a great deal to the charity.

Mr Campbell-Jackson, who could not be at the event, said: "I'm thrilled that my donation will go to the CAN charity to help these Nepalese communities."

As well as the Olympic torch, Mr Campbell-Jackson will be presented with a signed print of Sir Chris with the torch at the top of Snowdon when he ran the last part of the mountain climb.

Sir Chris said he was delighted that the torch had "raised such a good sum of money for Community Action Nepal".

"This will do so much to help the people in whose country I have achieved so much and it's good to be able to put something back," he added.

"The charity needs around £250,000 a year," said Mr Scott, "and this contribution, which was beyond our expectations, will go a long way to the hugely important salary bill for the key workers in the schools and health posts that CAN is building.

"It's all very well building the schools and health posts, but we need to pay the local staff to run them," he added.

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