Hilly Fields junior parkrun were shortlisted as one of four teams in the Sports & Healthy Living category at the Team London Awards 2016.
Lisa Power, co-Event Director of Hilly Fields junior parkrun, said: The ceremony took place at City Hall and some of our core team, stalwart volunteers and our parkrun ambassador Craigie-Lee Paterson went along. It was really special to be in attendance along with 67 other shortlisted volunteers/groups, all dedicated to giving their time with the aim of making London a better place.
“Whilst our category in the Sports & Healthy Living Awards was ultimately won by Cara Black African Cooking Team from Southwark, who were presented with the trophy by Team GB Sprint Athlete Lesley Owusu, we were truly honoured to have represented both the local community and the wider parkrun organisation at this event and will treasure our certificate of recognition.
“We’re hoping to find a spot in the park in which to display it permanently! A huge thanks to the 181 people who have covered a whopping 1,501 volunteer slots with us and have helped make us the award-nominated event that we are.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said in his opening message: “The work volunteers do every day to improve the lives of their fellow Londoners is inspiring. Not only is volunteering good for building leadership and communications skills, it’s a great way to break down barriers and bring people from different backgrounds and parts of London together. It’s very important that we recognise those who go above and beyond their call of duty to make London a better place, and I’ve been really pleased to meet some of the city’s top volunteering stars at the Team London Awards.”
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