Olympic Community Champions Honoured

Mary Macleod nominates them for BA award


BA Olympic Community Champion Andree Lee (in middle) with Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis and BA Chief Executive Keith Williams

Brentford and Isleworth Constituency

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Two local people have been chosen amongst the 38 British Airways Community Champions for their outstanding contribution to local community life.

Nominated by local MP Mary Macleod, Andree Lee from Chiswick, and Lee Doyle from Brentford were among the winners who were each awarded a pair of tickets to the London 2012 Olympic Games by British Airways chief executive Keith Williams and Olympic Gold medallist Denise Lewis. The awards were presented at a special event at the Houses of Parliament.

Andrée Lee was nominated for her work as founder and Project Coordinator of the Shelter Project that brought together 30 churches last winter to provide hot food and overnight accommodation for homeless men in the local area.

Lee Doyle is Chief Executive of the Brentford Community Sports Trust and has worked for twenty five years to build up a programme of activities for more than 27,000 young people ranging from sports participation, health, education and social inclusion.

(L.to R) Denise Lewis, Keith Williams of BA, Lee Doyle, and Ian Dobie of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust.

British Airways chief executive Keith Williams said: “2012 is a set to be a great year for London, and we are proud to honour the men and women who work tirelessly for their communities. These awards recognise the remarkable people who make a huge difference to other people’s lives locally, often without recognition, but who deserve to be praised.I would like to pay tribute to each and every one of the Community Champions.”

Olympic Gold Medallist Denise Lewis said: “Our sense of community is one of the many things that makes Britain great. In a fantastic year for London, and for the UK as a whole, I'm delighted to be able help recognise the contribution the Community Champions have made through the British Airways Community Champion Awards.”

Mary Macleod commented: “It is important to recognise the fabulous work being carried out in our local communities and the British Airways' Community Champion Awards allow us to do just that. On behalf of the whole community, I'd like to thank our Champions Lee and Andree for their commitment and dedication, and their contribution to our local communities.”

Each of the 38 Community Champions has been honoured in a special commemorative booklet, produced by British Airways.


July 10, 2012