Excellent Development for Local Charity

Simon Maddrell commended for work at tree planting charity

Simon Maddrell, Founder of a local charity Excellent Development has been “Highly Commended” after being nominated for the prestigious Beacon Prize 2003, for his philanthropic endeavours.

Beacon, a new charitable initiative, which is raising the profile of philanthropy in the UK, awards the Beacon Prize to individuals who are an inspiration to others in the way that they give their time and/or money to good causes.

Simon was nominated for his efforts in founding and setting up a new internet-based charity planting trees and building small-scale dams in Africa.

“In an almost impossibly difficult process, with many hundreds of outstanding nominations, Simon’s achievements stood out as exceptional,” commented Emily Stonor, Chief Executive of Beacon. “We congratulate Simon, as reaching the final shortlist is a considerable mark of recognition for his achievement.”

Simon Maddrell, who is based in Brentford, commented, “I’m delighted that we have all been given recognition for our work. Our main partner organisation in Kenya has been driving development as a community group for an almost unprecedented 25 years. I have been involved with them since 1984 and am very proud to be given the opportunity to support their work, which has transformed lives and landscapes.”

Winners in the various categories included ex-Arsenal and Sunderland footballer Niall Quinn, Zac Goldsmith, Sir John Paul Getty, Lord Bhatia of Hampton and Dame Stephanie Shirley.

For more information on Excellent Development contact simon@excellentdevelopment.com or phone him on 020 8568 7118.

Visit their website at: www.excellentdevelopment.com

November 26, 2003