The Atul Pathak Community Awards were held on Wednesday 19 June to celebrate the work of charities and community groups at a reception in Parliament hosted by Atul Pathak OBE. Atul is the Managing Director of Appt Corporation, the largest McDonald’s franchise in the UK, and the second largest in Europe, employing over 3,000 people across London and Berkshire.
The Awards were set up in 2014 by Atul to celebrate the work of charities and community groups, they include cash grants and ongoing support for the year to help their local work. The winning organisations operate in the areas where Appt Corporation has existing operations.
The winners were:
- Colindale Communities Trust – Community Group of the Year
- Move into Wellbeing – Service to the Community Award
- P.E.S.T.S (Parents of Ealing Self Help Training Scheme) - Service to the Community Award
- Youmanity – Community Partnership Award Gold
- Plogolution – Community Partnership Award Gold
- East Barnet Community Festival – Community Partnership Award Silver
- Wokingham, Bracknell and Districts Mencap – Community Partnership Award Silver Award
- Boyne Hill Cricket Club – Community Partnership Award Bronze
Speaking to Asian Voice, Atul said: “Giving something back to the community is woven into the DNA of my business. That’s why the Community Awards are such a joy to host and it’s humbling to find, celebrate and reward people and organisations who give so much to their communities. It’s also a pleasure to give them cash grants plus ongoing support to help their work too!
“All winners were such strong contenders for the Awards and I hope the support we are giving will help them to achieve their goals. My message to them is keep up the great work!”
Bina Omare, Chief Executive Officer of the Colindale Communities Trust, said: “This award makes a significant impact supporting CCT’s holistic health and well-being programme. Critically it will allow us to focus on a highly vulnerable community’s need for mental well-being projects to reduce isolation, anxiety and depression, especially the young people, and provide them with an essential network of friends, neighbours and volunteers who can continue to support them.”