Larry Smith carried the Olympic Torch on one of its stages through Co Durham in  2012.

Following the event, Larry  (aged 85)  gave a series of talks  on his experiences.  He also arranged a fund raising event at his local Bannatyes Health Club where Larry is  keen member,  and raised a subtantial amount of funds  which he donated to Diabetes UK. The presention of the cheque to Ann Taylor for the Diabetes UK Office in Darlington took place in Decenmber 2012