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."
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Barnsley Hospital are sponsoring a brand new category in the Proud of Barnsley awards – the Barnsley Hospital Hero Award.
Chief executive of Barnsley Hospital Diane Wake, said: “Since starting as chief executive of the hospital in October last year, I have been extremely impressed with our staff. What is clear every day is that they are very proud to work here and to care for the people of Barnsley. A large proportion of them live in Barnsley and the surrounding areas, so this not just where they work, it is also their local hospital – and they do their local community proud.
“The dedication and commitment of all of our staff has a real impact on people’s lives. Whether it’s the receptionist who gives you a friendly welcome, the nurse who cares for you at your bedside, or the surgical team that saves your life, our staff work tirelessly to change lives for the better every day of the year.
“It is down to our staff that we are a successful hospital, providing a full range of district hospital services to more than 400,000 patients every year from Barnsley and beyond, with consistently high levels of patient satisfaction.
“So often though, staff across the NHS don’t get the recognition they deserve. Working in a hospital is a tough job – it is fast-paced and extremely demanding and our staff also have to cope and respond to what can seem like constant changes to the health service at a national level.
“I am so very proud to be chief executive of Barnsley Hospital and I think this new award is a fantastic opportunity to show our staff how much we appreciate what they do and how grateful we are for the sacrifices they make.
“Have our staff given you exceptional service? If they have, I strongly encourage you to nominate them. It can be anyone at the Hospital who really made an impact on you, an individual or a team, whether you stayed overnight, you came as an outpatient or even as a visitor.
“Please take this chance to nominate your very own Barnsley Hospital Hero. I know you’re as proud of our Hospital and our staff as I am.”