Mayor joined by a host of celebrities to celebrate capital’s volunteering legacy 19th September 2014

A host of celebrities showed their support for volunteering in the capital by attending the Team London Awards held at City Hall today, which celebrate the outstanding contribution made by Londoners to the city’s Olympic volunteering legacy.

Actress Barbara Windsor MBE, designer Wayne Hemingway MBE, former England footballer Ledley King and Paralympian Martine Wright presented awards to winners, including pensioner Alan Toogood, who has dedicated over 50 years of his life and 9,000 hours to volunteering with the Samaritans, and 21 year old Connor Russell, who alongside his university studies has supported young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve places at university and fulfil their ambitions.

The Mayor pledged a volunteering legacy from the 2012 Games and Team London, his volunteering initiative, has realised this by mobilising 34,000 Londoners to undertake volunteering since the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Team London offers volunteering opportunities across a huge variety of projects from providing respite to families with sick children to regenerating community green spaces, and supporting people with mental health problems to coaching the next generation of athletes.

The Mayor acknowledged the ongoing efforts of the volunteer stars of the Olympics with the 2014 Special Achievement Award, which he presented to Team London Ambassador Beau Fadahunsi, who helped recruit and train volunteers for the Games. Beau has been an Ambassador since Team London was launched in 2011. As well as working the Olympics she has continued to volunteer at all subsequent Team London deployments. She is a champion and advocate of their Young Ambassadors Schools pilot, and has helped motivate children as young as four to help make a difference in their local community.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: “Team London volunteers are at the heart of our great city, giving their time to improve lives and make London a better place for everyone. It makes me immensely proud to be standing here celebrating 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 volunteers coming onboard every year .”

Barbara Windsor, Team London Ambassador said: “It's a great privilege for me to be a part of Team London. Having met so many of the volunteers both past and present, I know how much time, energy and patience is given by all those involved. So thank you to them for supporting our wonderful city.”