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Nigel Motley of Enfield recognised for years of work for charity Sparks
He has mingled with sporting greats, now a grandfather has been awarded for his outstanding contribution to a children's charity.
Nigel Motley, now in his 70s, joined children’s medical research charity Sparks in 1994 after retiring from a managerial position at Barclays.
In the 19 years Mr Motley has been volunteering he has met famous names such as Ossie Ardiles, Glenn Hoddle and Harry Redknapp.
Mr Motley said: “I was over the moon to be recognised with this prestigious award and quite surprised when my name was announced.”
During his tenure Mr Motley has helped at many Sparks’ golf events and annual balls, looking after the likes of Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent along with personalities from television and radio.
When asked why he joined Sparks he cited the entry requirements of being interested in sport and helping raise funds for children’s health.
He said: “Right away I knew I would fit in as I valued the Sparks’ ideals and the great work they do funding for children’s health.”
Sean Kelly, Sparks’ Director of Fundraising, said: “Nigel was a pivotal member of growing our organisation and we thank him for his valued help and support and for assisting in how the organisation operates today.”
The event, held at the Marriot Grosvenor Square Hotel last month also raised £95,000 to fund ground-breaking paediatric medical research.