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Boris meets Havering hero amputee

PUBLISHED: 18:02 01 November 2010

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson visits Uniformed Youth Organisations, including Danny Green, second left, to rally adults to volunteer with YOU London groups (London's Uniformed Youth Organisations).

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson visits Uniformed Youth Organisations, including Danny Green, second left, to rally adults to volunteer with YOU London groups (London's Uniformed Youth Organisations).

Ian JONES

LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson met inspirational Havering amputee Danny Green in a bid to encourage more adult volunteers to get involved with uniformed groups.

Danny joined the Air Cadets in 1989 at the age of 14 and, after serving in the Army, returned as an adult volunteer with the Elm Park Air Cadets Squadron, based in South Hornchurch, in 2004.

More than 7,000 young people across the capital are now on waiting lists to join organisations.

The Mayor was in the Docklands last week calling for 3,000 more Londoners to volunteer and give the youngsters the chance to join uniformed groups.

In 2008, Danny proudly represented Great Britain in the gruelling Dextro Energy Paratriathlon in Hyde Park, London – an event which includes a 400m swim, a 10km bike ride and 3.5km run.

Last year Danny completed the London Triathlon in the Docklands’ Excel centre, raising £1900 for armed forces charity, Help for Heroes.

The Mayor wants more young people from all backgrounds to have access to the activities and highly structured learning that uniformed groups offer.

Boris said: “Uniformed groups are a fantastic way for youngsters to have fun, make friends and learn new skills. It’s also a great opportunity for volunteers to get involved with their local community and really make a difference to the lives of young people.

“The wonderful people who give up their time to become leaders are the lifeblood of these groups and we desperately need more volunteers to enable thousands more youngsters to fulfil their dreams of becoming a Scout, Guide, Cadet or Brownie.

For more information on how to sign up to become a volunteer go to www.youlondon.org.uk.


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