9 February 2012
Tireless community worker Louis Olusina has been chosen as
Community Champion for 2012 by National Express train
operator c2c. Louis, of Barking, is founder of the
Charis Project for young people and wins a complimentary
annual season ticket for 2012 with c2c. The train
operator will also work with him and the Charis project to
raise public awareness of its work and help with fund
The charity supports young people in the boroughs of Barking,
Dagenham and Havering through life skills training programmes
and mentoring. It believes every young person has the
potential to achieve if they are given the chance and works
with them to help them deal with issues such as drugs, crime,
teenage pregnancy, alcohol, truancy, poverty and
prison. As well as raising self esteem and self
confidence the Charis Project, which will be expanding into
Grays this Spring, helps young people improve their health
Julian Drury, Managing Director for c2c, said: "I am really
pleased that Louis is the first winner of our Community
Champion award. Since Louis founded the Charis Project
in 2003 it has gone from strength to strength, engaging and
supporting local youngsters. c2c is proud to serve our
communities in East London and South Essex, and that's why
we're so pleased to recognise and support Louis' passion and
Louis said: "It is a great honour to be chosen as c2c's
Community Champion and it recognises the hard work the Charis
Project puts in to reduce crime and anti social behaviour
among young people so that our community can be safe."
Nineteen entries were received for the competition which was
launched last autumn. Runner up was Peter Jacobs, of
Leigh-on-Sea, who is Assistant Scout Leader with 3rd
Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts and a Special Police Officer.
Peter won six month's travel with c2c.
c2c is the Metro & Suburban rail operator of 2011 and serves
East London and Essex with high quality train services.
It supports the communities in which it operates in many ways
from staff contributions and fund raising, to working with
organisations to improve transport links and station
facilities and providing reliable, punctual and
environmentally friendly train services.
The annual Community Champion scheme recognises the good work
carried out in the community in which c2c operates, honouring
local people and c2c customers who give unselfishly of their
time and effort.
Notes to Editors
c2c holds the UK record for the highest annual punctuality by
a franchised train operator at 96.7% and the record for any
4-week performance period at 98.8%.
c2c has now delivered the leading performance in the UK rail
industry for the vast majority of 2011, topping the charts in
August, June, May, April, March and February too.
Customer satisfaction with c2c services measured 91% in the
latest National Passenger Survey in spring 2011 - the joint
highest amongst franchised rail operators in the UK.
c2c won the National Rail Award for the best 'Suburban &
Metro Operator 2011' in September 2011.
For further information please contact the c2c Press Office
on: 0207 444 1868
About c2c: c2c operate services between Fenchurch Street and
Shoeburyness serving 26 stations in South Essex.
About National Express in the UK: National Express includes
National Express Coaches, National Express West Midlands,
National Express Coventry, National Express Dundee, National
Express East Anglia, c2c, Kingsferry, the Midland Metro and
About National Express Group: Around 700m journeys a year are
made worldwide on our bus, train, light rail and express
coach operations. We deliver services in the UK, North
America and Spain. Our 40,000 employees are committed
to improve the quality of life for all through travel.