A leading charity named Sikh Sewa Organization in Manchester is one of several groups that have been honored with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on Sunday.
The SSO provides food and clothes to the needy, homeless and unfortunate in Piccadilly Gardens in central Manchester every Sunday and volunteers for all religions and backgrounds.
Investment manager Pritpal Singh Makan founded the organization, who also works with other several charity organizations.
Talking to the local media, Makan said, “When we first founded SSO I was very saddened by the rising number of homeless people on the streets in Manchester. More and more people are sleeping in doorways. These are people who have fallen on hard times or have found themselves in unfortunate circumstances.”
“And for that reason we thought we should do whatever we can to help them. So each Sunday we provide a hot meal for anyone going hungry in Manchester. It’s always vegetarian to ensure anyone can have some,” added Makan to a local newspaper.
SSO includes the Sikh Welfare & Awareness Team (SWAT), which offers support in Charing Cross, Southall, Camden Town and Oxford every week.
The Department of Culture, Media & Sport while announcing the list of awardees on Sunday said that the award is the highest given to volunteer groups in the United Kingdom to recognize exceptional service.