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Heathrow staff recognised at I-Volunteer Awards

Employees at Heathrow Airport have come away from the BAA I-Volunteer Awards with a total of £31,000 to donate to the charities of their choice.

Hosted by BAA chief executive Colin Matthews and former BBC newsreader Martyn Lewis, the 2009 I-Volunteer Awards were the fifth such event held by the BAA Communities Trust. Volunteers and fundraisers across all of BAA's seven airports are eligible to enter for the chance to win valuable funding for their chosen charity. This year saw 73 staff members from Heathrow enter the awards.

"Congratulations go to all Heathrow staff who entered the awards and especially those who won or were highly commended in their categories. The awards that they have won will really make a difference to the charities they support," said Helen Nation, community relations manager for BAA Heathrow.

Nigel Clarke of the Heathrow design team picked up the Outstanding Contribution to the Community award; Nigel Fraser, product and technical strategy manager, the Best Volunteering Individual award; Mark Hicks, service manager at Terminal 5, was highly commended in the same category; while Angelica Tewarson, service manager at Terminal 4, was highly commended in the Most Supportive Manager Category.

Commenting on his success, Mark Hicks said: "I am delighted to receive this award and it was fantastic to see all the other great volunteering being done by BAA staff. This award will mean a lot to South Central Ambulance Charity (Mark's chosen beneficiary), which only has a small budget for resources."