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The healthcare team at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was presented with the ‘Community Project of the Year’ award by Brent Council in recognition for its community cardiovascular screening programmes organised by BAPS Charities.
The award is part of the ‘Pride of Brent Awards’ that “celebrate those selfless individuals, community groups and local businesses that contribute so much to the borough and who have gone the extra mile to make Brent a better place to live and work in 2019.”
Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi, the Mayor of Brent, Carolyn Downs, Chief Executive of Brent Council, and Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, presented the award to volunteers from BAPS Charities at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 21 November 2019 in the Grand Hall of the Brent Civic Centre in London.
BAPS Charities has partnered with members of the lipid screening team at The Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust to offer community cardiovascular screening sessions for the past 10 years. The sessions aim to detect early signs of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, kidney disease and high cholesterol levels in people who have not previously been diagnosed with of any of these conditions. The clinic also fosters early detection among those at high risk of developing heart disease and provides guidance on lifestyle changes to prevent the disease.
Nirmal Patel, a community member who attended the ceremony, shared his impressions of the programme: “The volunteers from BAPS Charities sacrifice a lot of time for this project. I have been fortunate to benefit from the screening. This is truly a team of unsung heroes who are serving the local community tirelessly.”
Yogesh Khatri, a volunteer added, “We are incredibly honoured and humbled to receive this award. More than 20 volunteers have dedicated themselves to this community project and work tremendously hard to make it a success and make a positive difference to so many lives.”
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