Dr JS Bamrah, chairman of British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), Dr Agi Mol Pradeep, a leading organ donation campaigner, community worker Dhruv Patel were among several British Asians honoured at the Queen’s Birthday Honours List….reports Asian Lite News
When Dr Bamrah bagged a Commander of British Empire (CBE) for his services to mental health, diversity and contributions to the NHS, Dr Agi Mol was awarded MBE for her tireless campaign to promote organ donation, especiually among the British-Asians.
“By the grace of God, Her Majesty our Queen has awarded me with British Empire Medal for the work in Organ Donation. Thank you all for the continuous support, guidance and prayers,” Dr Agi Mol said in a statement. “This honour is beyond imagination for a person like me, never dreamed about this recognition. One decade of volunteer work taught us, as a family many things and gave us lot of happiness even in the midst of difficulties. I don’t know how the process work to enter into the honours list; but I am sure some of you out there have accepted me and played a vital role for me to get this. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt thanks for giving me this great honour. Thank you all and please continue your prayers and support. Every life is precious and together we can save many more.”
“I’m am deeply humbled to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours,” said Dhruv Patel. “I have been heavily engaged in voluntary service, particularly for the Hindu community, since my university days. My election to the City of London Corporation gave me the chance to broaden out this work. My focus has been on ensuring London’s young people have the best start to life, and all communities have the opportunity to thrive. Whilst it is wonderful to receive this national honour, recognition cannot be the driver: sewa or selfless service is, and shall continue to be, a vital part of my life”
Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has been knighted and actress Emma Thompson made a dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Lizzy Yarnold, who won Winter Olympic gold, and heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua are appointed OBEs. There is also a damehood for classics professor Mary Beard and a knighthood for Japan-born author Kazuo Ishiguro.
An OBE for Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley is for services to drama and charity, while the same honour goes to footballer Jermain Defoe for his work to support underprivileged children.
The MBEs include the oldest person on the list, Rosemary Powell, 103, who last month retired from selling poppies in London after 97 years.