Hon­oured by the Queen

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page -

A hum­ble Peter­bor­ough restau­rant owner has been awarded the British Em­pire Medal for char­ity work

Mo­hammedFa­rooq, who­runs the Ma­ha­ra­nis restau­rant in Hamp­ton, has been given the hon­our for help­ing oth­ers.

The 50-year-old father of four said he was ‘pleas­antly sur­prised’ to re­ceive the hon­our.

He said: “I re­ceived a let­ter at the endof Novem­ber. It was a white en­ve­lope with ‘OnHer Majesty’s Ser­vice’ on it. I said it can’t be from the tax-man, their en­velopes are brown!

“I anx­iously opened it, and it told me I had been given the hon­our.

“I told by youngest son - he was the only one who knew.

He said his plan was to keep it a sur­prise for the rest of his fam­ily - “I am a ten­nis fan, so I am plan­ning on sug­gest­ing we look to see if Andy Mur­ray has been given a knight­hood, and then scroll down to find my name.”

Mr Fa­rooq said he will find out when he will col­lect his award­later in the year.

He said :“There area cou­ple of ways I raise money for char­ity. “One of the ways is I will be put in touch with a char­ity if, for ex­am­ple, some­one has passed awayfrom­cancer.

“We will or­gan­ise a King’s Din­ner for friends and fam­ily -and all the money for theme al will go to the char­ity of their choice.

“We have done this with a num­ber of char­i­ties in the past, in­clud­ing the Peter­bor­ough Lions, Sa­mar­i­tans, can­cer char­i­ties and Shine.

“I also give money to the Magic Break­fast char­ity, which pro­vides a break­fast to un­der­priv­i­leged school chil­dren.

“I sup­port the scheme at Win yates and St John’ s Schools in Peter­bor­ough, and an­other school in Mid­dles­brough.

“I am sure there are other peo­ple out there who do more for char­ity and their com­mu­nity who are far more de­serv­ing than me for this hon­our.

“It is all about help­ing the rest of the hu­man race.”

New Year’s hon­our’s BEM Mo­hammed Fa­rooq from the Ma­ha­ra­nis In­dian Restau­rant.

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