The Chairman of the charity Polio Children (UK) has been awarded the prestigious British Citizen Award for Service to Healthcare by Baroness Cox of Queensbury at a ceremony in the Palace of Westminster.
The awards are aimed at highlighting and recognising the work of people who have made a meaningful impact in the communities. The awards which are in their first year presented medals for Service to Healthcare, Service to Arts, Service to Business, Volunteering and Charitable Giving and International Achievement.
Mr Patel was aged just one when he was diagnosed with polio, yet has gone on to positively impact the lives of thousands of children who suffer from the condition. This was achieved despite being wheelchair bound to due the effects of post polio syndrome, an illness which afflicts adults who had polio as children. Mr Patel used his speech to thank the trustees of the charity for their hard work and invaluable contributions. He also praised those who had donated to Polio Children in the UK and in America.
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