With so many of Jamie's friends helping carry the Olympic torch around the UK, let's firstly take a look at Kiefer.

Kiefer ran with the torch on the 26th May in Britton Ferry and couldn't have been more proud

Kiefer Cheasty is a resident at Clarewood Neath Foyer in Neath Port Talbot, South West Wales, living in supported accommodation for young homeless or potentially homeless people between the ages of 16-25.

Kiefer moved into Clarewood in October 2010 from his foster care placement where he had lived for approximately 2 years following a family breakdown; Kiefer has spent a lot of his life in foster care and yet has managed to make positive changes to his life since.

Kiefer started the Jamie's Home Cooking Skills programme in February 2011 at Clarewood and progressed exceptionally well. He has even actively encouraged other members of the group to participate and always lends a helping hand and in the process has improved his self esteem and confidence have grown; so much so that he has completed level one and two and has since started a B-Tec Level 3. Kiefer has excelled since the course started and has continued to improve.

So what has running with the torch meant to him?

Kiefer told us: “Finding out that I would be running with the Olympic torch was a great honour as I felt I was involved in something that has been a tradition for decades, It made me feel I was an important part which would stay with me and I would be part of the history of the Olympic Games in years to come.”

He added: “Running with the torch was a truly amazing experience the atmosphere the relay created was fantastic and the crowds who turned up to watch was quite amazing and touching as I did not know them. Since being an Olympic torch bearer it has boosted my confidence and self esteem and has helped me for what the future brings. It has opened up opportunities within the community and I have attended a few local schools and talked the children and staff about my experience, which has helped me to feel more involved in the community.”

What are his hopes for the future?
“I hope to be a successful musician, producer and chef, this builds on my experience and confidence gained through taking part in the Jamie Oliver home cooking skills which has seen me progress and develop my experiences and learning potential.”


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