Commonwealth Games 2022: Mum takes the baton instead of her daughter

After her death, a woman has taken the place of her daughter at the Queen's Baton Relay.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Mum takes the baton instead of her daughter

After her death, a woman has taken the place of her daughter at the Queen's Baton Relay.

The relay is nearing the end of an international journey that will finish in the West Midlands, home of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The baton represents the spirit of the games.

As it travels to Birmingham, the public is taking up the torch.

Skye Gardner, a teenager, was one of those selected to participate.

In recognition of her struggle with coronary heart disease, Wolverhampton resident Wodnesfield was nominated for the symbolic relay. The baton crosses multiple Commonwealth countries on its way to Birmingham.

She died in her sleep while on a school residential tour in March. She was 14 years old and nominated by Westcroft School because of her determination to overcome any obstacle.

Laura Harris described her daughter "a very special young lady", and added: "In her fourteen years, she overcame many health issues, including a bleeding on the brain, cardiac arrest, two open heart surgeries, and numerous other procedures."

She stated that her daughter was "truly honored and excited" to be nominated, but she didn't know she would take part until she passed away.

Ms Harris will stand in for her, saying that it is an honor to do it in her honour.

After the parachuted in to East Park on the 24th of July, the baton will be taken by her on a tour through Wolverhampton.

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