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David Cameron awards Olympics opening ceremony tickets to contributors to Big Society

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Recipients of the tickets include graduates of the National Citizen Service, Big Society Award winners and individuals who have helped with the response to last summer's riots.

Prime Minister David Cameron has awarded tickets for tonight’s opening ceremony to people who have contributed to their communities and the “Big Society”.

The Prime Minister was given the tickets by Locog to distribute. The recipients of the 17 tickets that the Prime Minister has chosen  include six graduates of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, two Big Society Award winners and individuals who have helped with the response to last summer’s riots.

Full list of those awarded tickets by the Prime Minister:

  • Dan Thompson, from Worthing, West Sussex, who helped organise the riot clean-up operation;
  • Sam Odusina, from Hackney, east London, recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Award;
  • Ahmed Kabba, a community organiser from Peckham, south London;
  • Stephen Greene, a Big Society Award winner and chief executive of Rockcorps, which uses music concerts to engage young people in volunteering;
  • Melanie Bryan, a Big Society Award winner who was awarded an OBE for services to social enterprise and women’s enterprise;
  • Kay Horne, a Sainsbury’s-sponsored “business connector” in Tottenham, north London;
  • Karen Edwards, chief executive of Bolton Lads and Girls Club, and winner of Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service;
  • Craig Morley, chief executive of youth charity The Challenge Network;
  • Alice Parker, an NCS graduate from Blackheath, south London;
  • Mayowa Quadri, an NCS graduate from Bermondsey, south London;
  • Emma Bethell-Clarke, an NCS graduate from Bolton Lads and Girls Club, selected to be an NCS leader in the 2012 programme;
  • Melissa Poole, an NCS graduate from Lincolnshire and Rutland;
  • Ayesha Taylor-Camera, an NCS ambassador;
  • Brett Gilligan, from Runcorn, Cheshire, an NCS graduate ambassador who has worked in Uganda on the International Citizen Service programme;
  • Peter Westgarth, chief executive of Duke of Edinburgh Awards;
  • Darren England, NCS project coordinator for the Football League Trust;
  • Elaine Lilley, chief executive of NCS provider Lincolnshire and Rutland EBP.