We recently hosted one of our favourite events of the year, the London Volunteer and Champions Award Evening.
It’s an inspiring showcase that celebrates the great, selfless and dedicated individuals who give their time generously to support our work or individual projects that work towards our vision.
Echoing the thoughts of many of the attendees, Clare Rodgers, recipient of our Streets for People Award made an impassioned plea:
'We can have streets that allow children to travel and play independently. We can have streets where elderly people can travel actively. We can have high streets that are a pleasure to spend time on. My dream is to see a national awakening. I’d like to see people realising what our streets could be like, and not settling for the car-centric status quo.'
Other notable winners on the night included Peter Sandwell (Volunteer Award), Michael Dring, of Drings’ Butchers in Greenwich (Sustainable Workplace award for transforming his business deliveries and cutting emissions by using e-cargo bike delivery), and of course our School Champions including Sara Rahmani, Claudette Green and Amy Hennesey.
Speaking about the awards, Matt Winfield, our London Director said:
'Every year I am blown away by the dedication, enthusiasm and passion of our Volunteers and Champions. Their work in schools, on the NCN and within communities is truly inspiring, and these awards give us a chance to show how much we appreciate everything they do.
'Some of their moving acceptance speeches illustrated the impact and difference our work together is having. Hearing from these incredible Londoners about the changes they are seeing really speaks volumes.
'Everyone here at Sustrans wants to thank all the nominees, winners, and most importantly all the Volunteers and Champions across the county. We simply wouldn’t be able to do it without you.'