Humanitarian named Sikh of the Year at awards ceremony

Humanitarian named Sikh of the Year at awards ceremony

Hannah Crouch

Humanitarian named Sikh of the Year at awards ceremony

The aid work of a humanitarian from Slough has been honoured at an awards ceremony.

Ravinder 'Ravi' Singh Sidhu, CEO of Khalsa Aid, was named Sikh of the Year at the Sikh Awards which were held last night in Amritsar, India.

“It was a really grand event and I was humbled to win Sikh of the Year,” said Ravi, who lives in Chalvey.

“There has been so much reaction on social media and my Twitter went into meltdown.

“Winning the award is also wonderful for Khalsa Aid and in particular it brings our whole India team into focus as well.”

Ravi’s humanitarian work in the UK and in Iraq led to his nomination.  

“It was something I did not expect and 2014 has certainly been a phenomenal year,” Ravi added.

“I was recognised for the work Khalsa Aid did during the floods which help put UK Sikhs on the map and also our work in Iraq.

“We were right there in the thick of it, helping out.”

Alongside Ravi at the ceremony was friend Jim Winkworth, who Ravi met during the floods in Somerset earlier this year.

Jim also appeared on television with Ravi earlier this month on ITV’s Surprise Surprise which has lead to the father-of-three becoming a small celebrity in the borough.

“Since my appearance on Surprise Surprise, I have had people coming up to me in Slough,” said Ravi.

“Someone in Pets at Home told me they thought my work was amazing and to keep on going.”

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