18 September 2014
A host of famous faces showed their support for volunteering in the capital by attending the Mayor’s annual Team London Awards held at City Hall last night, which celebrate the outstanding contribution made by Londoners to the city’s Olympic volunteering legacy.
Actress Barbara Windsor MBE, designer Wayne Hemingway MBE and Paralympian Martine Wright presented awards to winners, including two teams in Hounslow, the 192 Heston Army Cadet Force, and the Volunteer Supported Education tutors who volunteer in Feltham Young Offenders Institution.
The 192 Heston ACF won the Centenary Award in the Greening and Cleaning category. The cadets visited a local cemetery and cleaned all the WW1 graves and memorials before laying crosses on each of them. The cadets then conducted public tours of the cemetery providing historical content and stories of those who lost their lives in WW1. Their work was noted by local councillors who have provided additional funding for the upkeep of the graves. The Award was presented by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and In Pensioner John Humphries OBE DL from Royal Hospital Chelsea.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: “Team London volunteers are at the heart of what makes our city great, giving their time to improve lives and make the capital a better place for everyone. It makes me immensely proud to celebrate the achievements of our latest winners, who prove beyond all doubt that the volunteering legacy sparked by the 2012 Games is flourishing, with more and more opportunities for volunteers to get involved each year.”
Veronica Wadley, the Mayor’s Senior Advisor on Volunteering, said: “We are so proud of the fantastic work being done by Team London volunteers across the capital. This annual celebration allows us to give them the recognition they truly deserve. Team London is constantly expanding its volunteering opportunities, particularly in relation to getting more young people involved, helping us to inspire the next generation to continue London’s volunteering legacy.”
Lt Priscilla Ledlie accompanied by Sgt Marc Williams and Sgt Inderpal Panesar accepted the award on behalf of the Heston Army Cadets. Colonel Mark Hodson Commandant of the Middlesex and North West London ACF Sector also attended.