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London fundraiser and volunteer selected to receive The British Citizen Award

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London fundraiser and volunteer selected to receive The British Citizen Award

Mansoor Ahmad is being recognised for the constructive affect he has on his neighborhood

Submitted by Philippa Bassett

Mansoor Ahmad is considered one of 27 individuals from throughout the UK who’re being recognised with the coveted British Citizen Award, for the constructive affect they’ve on their communities.

The British Citizen Award (BCA) is now in its sixth yr and recognises distinctive individuals who positively affect their communities. Mansoor, from London, is honoured with a BCAv for Services to Volunteering and Charitable Giving.

Mansoor arrived within the UK from Bangladesh in 2007 below the British Government Highly Skilled Migration Programme. He is dedicated to assuaging the struggling and hardship of these in his area people, utilizing his accountancy information to supply free providers to native companies and free enterprise recommendation for these on the fringes encouraging them to embark on their very own enterprise.

He believes that schooling is a key to alternative, due to this fact volunteered as a college governor for 13 years selling cohesion and equality. To additional promote cultural cohesion, he raises funds for nationwide charities supporting schooling, integration and interfaith peace – elevating funds for The British Red Cross, GOSH, Age UK, British Heart Foundation and many extra.

Mansoor is seen yearly behind the desk of the Poppy Appeal or shaking his assortment tin on the street. He is concerned within the organising however can be a part of the group ‘doing’, whether or not that’s working within the ‘Fun Run’, litter choosing, or actively serving to the underprivileged in his neighbourhood.

He is a eager advocate of breaking down cultural limitations, while respecting all cultures, and enjoys nothing greater than seeing somebody profit from any of his neighborhood works.

Due to the Lockdown 3, the same old grand medal presentation ceremony at The Palace of Westminster is unable to happen. For solely the second time in its historical past, Mansoor and the remaining 26 medalists obtained their BCA medals by courier, along with video messages of congratulations and an invite to the House of Lords at a date but to be decided, when it’s secure to accomplish that.

Jonny McQuarrie, managing director from BCA associate One Stop, mentioned: “Each time a brand new group of medallists are selected it reminds us of how nice the individuals of this nation are. These explicit people being recognised now, particularly right now of extraordinary circumstance, displays all that’s good about neighborhood spirit. It’s a privilege to play a small half in serving to them to be recognised. Our congratulations go to all 27 honourees.”

Wendy Pretten, managing director buyer supply at Sponsors Places for People, who would usually have offered Mansoor along with his medal, mentioned: “The British Citizen Awards honour those that shine brightly and work tirelessly of their native communities to enhance the lives of others, and it’s a privilege to have been a supporter since its formation in 2015.

“As 2021 progresses, we nonetheless discover ourselves confronted with many challenges, but the continued dedication and compassion proven by medalists this yr has been unbelievable. Once once more, it’s undeniably disappointing we can not have fun collectively in individual, however listening to about Mansoor and the utmost dedication he gives to his neighborhood is astounding.

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“From the various charities he helps, his function as college governor, organiser of quite a few neighborhood actions, to the free providers he gives to native companies – all initiated since his arrival within the UK 14 years in the past – is really astounding. Mansoor is a champion of his neighborhood and may be very a lot deserved of this award.”

Messages of assist have been despatched by way of video from TV personalities Michael Underwood, Matt Allwright, Tim Vincent, pop celebrity Kimberly Wyatt of the Pussycat Dolls, and fashionable comic, actor and Patron of the BCA Bradley Walsh.

Another Patron, Dame Mary Perkins, founding father of Specsavers, despatched a heartfelt message along with representatives from Experian and Objective HR who’ve all continued to assist the BCA all through the pandemic.

The British Citizen Award was established in 2015, to recognise distinctive people who work tirelessly and selflessly making a constructive affect on society. The BCA recognises true pillars of the neighborhood, whose divergent endeavours deserve honouring, however would possibly in any other case probably be neglected.

Dubbed the People’s Honours, every medal bears the phrases ‘for the great of the nation’ and are offered to solely a small variety of distinctive people twice yearly.