Volunteers recognised at Mayor's award event

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, recognised volunteers right across the capital yesterday at the annual Team London Awards 2013. With a packed chamber of nominees, nominators and supporters, a host of celebrities helped present the awards to well-deserved individuals and groups that have contributed to their local communities.

Martine Wright [@martine_wright] opened the event with a truly inspirational story of her journey from the London bombings in 2005 through to being the captain of the Paralympic GB sitting volleyball team and how volunteering played a key part in her recovery.

Barbara Windsor, actress and the Mayor’s Street Party Champion, presented awards, alongside Bear Grylls; adventurer, author, TV presenter, and Chief Scout, with James Banks, Chief Executive of Greater London Volunteering.

Those in the London Borough of Wandsworth that were recognised, include –

  • Sid Khan of Earlsfield Amateur Boxing Club – winner of a Long Service Award
  • Lillian Dickinson of Leonard Cheshire Day Centre – winner of a Long Service Award
  • John Horrocks of Putney Society – shortlisted in the Greening and Cleaning category [over 25s]
  • Basic Caring Communities Volunteers – shortlisted in the My Community category [team]

Alongside other winners and nominees from other boroughs, DOST Garden Youth Group won the under 25 Greening and Cleaning award – a project supported by Groundwork London, the charity that provide Volunteering Wandsworth.

Congratulations to all those that were recognised in the awards this year – look out for next year’s event and nomination details.

Team London links

http://volunteerteam.london.gov.uk/pages/pages/17

http://volunteerteam.london.gov.uk/pages/pages/20

http://volunteerteam.london.gov.uk/pages/pages/22
http://volunteerteam.london.gov.uk/press/view/post/68
http://volunteerteam.london.gov.uk/press/view/post/43

Greater London Volunteering links
http://greaterlondonvolunteering.org.uk/site/awards/