Honoured by the Queen
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.