Siraaj receives his British Empire Medal !

After a very anticipated nine month wait, the big day had finally arrived.  Following the announcement and the release of the honours list, I, along with my parents and Lucy Dunstan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Changing Our Lives, went to the Birmingham Council House to attend a very special ceremony, during which I received my British Empire Medal.

The ceremony was short, but definitely an afternoon to remember!  There were 22 individuals in total who received the medals, which were presented by the Duke of Gloucester. It was a very proud moment for myself, my parents and Changing Our Lives. Other dignitaries who attended the ceremony were the High Sheriff of the West Midlands, Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and the many Mayors from across the region.

I said to my parents that I still cannot believe that Changing Our Lives nominated me for this very special award.  I felt very honoured and I will continue to work alongside Changing Our Lives to improve the lives of disabled people.  My parents said “It was a special day, which we were looking forward to for many months.  The ceremony was well organised and with all the dignitaries attending.  We felt very honoured to be part of this special day”.

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