Teacher nominated for Proud of Barnsley award
Friday 22nd August 2014
Harshad Kumar Patel, of Locksley Gardens, Birdwell, is a science teacher of 35 years and former director of Barnsley Black and Ethnic Minorities Initiative.
He has been nominated in the exceptional achievement category by his colleague Mirban Hussain, who said: "Harshad is not just a volunteer, but an essential asset, a leader and worker for the social cohesion of Barnsley’s black and ethnic minority communities.
"He has taken on voluntary roles with pride and selfless devotion."
Harshad started fundraising at the age of 13 in 1967 and has given up his valuable time over the years helping people fill in application forms, writing references, signing legal documents, representing parents at meetings and acting as mediator.
Mirban added: "He is one of those people that make you proud to be part of Barnsley. He is without doubt an exceptional person, who is constantly striving to reach the generic population of Barnsley.
"He continues to educate our local children and to teach them about fairness, respect and above all about how to be a good citizen."
Charity Fundraiser of the Year Sponsor
Norbert Dentressangle operates four sites around South Yorkshire employing over 2,500 people. Located here in Barnsley is the company’s largest world-wide site, the ASOS operation in Grimethorpe. They also have a long standing relationship with Ardagh Glass (ex Redfearns) at Carlton.
Although you may guess from the name that Norbert Dentressangle is a French company, they are also a leading UK employer with the biggest concentration here in South Yorkshire.
People all recognise the red lorries, but not necessarily what services Norbert Dentressangle offer. They are a third party logistics and transport provider which means that they work on behalf of customers receiving, storing, picking and shipping their goods. This ranges from internet fashion, like ASOS, to glass bottles, like Ardagh, through to ASDA, House of Fraser and Boots.
Norbert Dentressangle started the company in 1979 and he is still involved today. This personal touch means that they place a huge emphasis on their people. This investment in people locally at the ASOS operation has enabled over 100 managers to be upskilled on the Red Management programme, the long term unemployed being given a deserved chance, recruitment of 25 weekend part-time students and filling around 120 am and pm part-time roles particularly suited to working mums.
Along with ASOS, Norbert Dentressangle also supports many local community based initiatives and will be investing in 30 young apprentices this April.
It is this local touch which Andy Hague, innovation director for Norbet Dentressangle, believes makes the difference: “Being one of Barnsley’s biggest employers we are determined to invest in our local talent to help sustain the incredible growth, currently around 40 per cent a year, that ASOS are experiencing. They are committed to the site for the next 15 years and we plan to continue to grow our talent pool from local people.”
Andy added: “Both ourselves and ASOS are really pleased to support and to be involved in the Proud of Barnsley awards and to sponsor the Charity Fundraiser category.”