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Mayoor Patel at Spirit of Chennai Event in Manchester @C Asian Lite News

Mayoor Patel from Bolton has been selected to receive a British Citizen Award (BCA) for his services to international achievement….reports Asian Lite News

 

Mayoor Patel at Spirit of Chennai Event in Manchester @C Asian Lite News
Mr Mayoor Patel and Mrs Patel at Spirit of Chennai Event in Manchester @C Asian Lite News

Mayoor Patel, 56, a Bolton man whose passion for education has directly helped more than 2,000 children has been recognised with a national honour. Mr Patel has been selected to receive a British Citizen Award (BCA) for his services to international achievement.

Mayoor is one of 33 medallists who will be honoured at a prestigious ceremony on January 28th, at the Palace of Westminster. Successful medallists are selected from public nominations by a panel of independent assessors.

Now entering their second year, the British Citizen Awards in partnership with InMoment, were launched in January 2015 to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. BCAs are awarded twice annually, and recognise ‘everyday’ people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.

Mayoor, of Heaton, has been fundraising for charity since the age of 13 and has been instrumental in raising more than £1.5 million for three charities – the OKAS Fund, which helps academically-gifted but financially disadvantaged students in Uganda; Polio Children, which works on four continents to support those affected by polio; and Little Drops Shravana, which is the only project of its kind providing an integrated free service for hearing impaired children in India. He is also involved in numerous other charities and projects, including the Milapfest Trust – the UK’s leading Indian arts development trust.

Mr Mayoor Patel
Mr Mayoor Patel

Mayoor, who was originally from Uganda, leads from the front, believing that an education is the best gift he can give. He began his charitable work after being inspired by his father, who had served the Ugandan government 30 years before the family was expelled in the 1970s. His father told him, ‘Son, I will give you something nobody can take away from you and one day you must give it to someone who needs it, but not charge for it. That something I will put between your ears.’

Armed with this philosophy, Mayoor has impacted positively on more than 2,000 children. He is a passionate advocate of ‘education at any cost’ and believes that self-sufficiency is the key for communities and projects. With this aim in mind, he relentlessly pursues fundraising and awareness programmes, undertaking presentations across his many networks, as well as at Lions clubs, schools, universities and temples.

Much of his work focusses upon children and adults with disabilities or from poor backgrounds in countries and communities where they would have traditionally not been accepted and would have been marginalised.

Mayoor is one of 33 medallists who will be honoured at a prestigious ceremony on January 28th, at the Palace of Westminster. Successful medallists are selected from public nominations by a panel of independent assessors.

 

All BCA recipients have positively impacted society by undertaking various activities in support of a number of causes. Each will receive a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. Medallists are also invited to use the initials BCA after their name.

Speaking about his nomination, Mayoor said: “It was a complete shock when I found out that I would be receiving a British Citizen Award, I was speechless. I don’t do this work to be rewarded, I do this for the children and it is a big part of my life. However, it is nice to have been recognised, and I feel very proud.”

The British Citizen Awards are in partnership with customer experience management company, InMoment and are supported by the world’s largest optical retailer, Specsavers; one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, Places for People; leading ethical law firm Irwin Mitchell; and palletised freight company, Pall-Ex who will each have representatives at the awards ceremony.

Martin Field, Pall-Ex group finance director, said: “The British Citizen Awards are truly inspirational and I look forward to representing Pall-Ex in such a worthy initiative at the January ceremony. The awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the commendable endeavours of those who make a difference to communities across the UK and we’re proud to offer our support to them.”

Mayoor was nominated for a BCA by his friend, Vilas Patel.

Vilas said: “I have known Mayoor for almost five years, and he is a very genuine, honest and kind gentleman. When I heard of the British Citizen Awards I knew instantly that I wanted to nominate Mayoor for an award as he has done a lot of charity work and I feel he is thoroughly deserving.”