A British Sikh, who grew to become a social media star because the “Skipping Sikh” after he took on skipping and fundraising for the state-funded Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) in the course of the coronavirus lockdown, has been awarded the Factors of Gentle honour by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Rajinder Singh, 73, from Harlington in west London, started filming train movies earlier this 12 months, bringing collectively over 250,000 viewers on YouTube, encouraging individuals to stay energetic and elevating over 12,000 kilos for NHS charities.
“Your ‘Skipping Sikh’ health movies have given a raise to the 1000’s of individuals worldwide who’ve watched on-line and brought half with you in your every day train, and supplied an ingenious method of bringing collectively and energising the Sikh group at a time when temples have been closed,” Boris Johnson stated in a private letter addressed to Mr Singh.
“I needed to write down personally to thanks for all that you’re doing to assist our extraordinary NHS, and inspiring the nation to select up their skipping ropes and maintain their spirits excessive by taking in your lockdown skip problem,” he stated.
The award, in recognition of Mr Singh’s fundraising efforts and spreading the easy message of “well being is wealth” and “keep energetic and keep pleased”, marks the 1,410th such award.
Factors of Gentle are excellent particular person volunteers and folks making a change of their group, who’re honoured each weekday by the UK prime minister to recognise their inspirational volunteer work.
“I’m actually humbled for being awarded the Factors of Gentle award. I like to serve others – it’s a part of who I’m as a Sikh,” Mr Singh stated.
“I by no means thought one thing like skipping would encourage the world and unfold smiles. I’m actually grateful for the assist and being given this recognition,” he stated.