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Public Service Award 2015
Asian Womens Cancer Support Group (AWCG), a voluntary non-profit making organisation that supports Asian Women diagnosed with cancer throught their cancer journey.
Vice Chair and facilitator of the AWCG
Dental Surgeon was working at North Middlesex Hospital and St Ann's Hospital, London. Studied at the Royal Dental Hospital in London
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (1979) University of London
Diploma in Dental Public Health (1986) from the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Masters degree in Dental Public Health(1987) from the University of London
An affiliate of Institute of Health Service Management (1990)
Diploma in Management Studies from the Open University (1994)
She worked in primary health care as a dental surgeon for 27 years till she had to take early retirement at the age of 50 due to colon cancer. There were surgical complications and she went into a coma for three weeks. After almost two years she made a full recovery and has been left with a permanent ileostomy and constant back pain. She was forced to take early retirement due to her condition. In spite of all the setbacks she has filled her life with Charity work supporting not only the AWCG but other charities like the Bowel cancer UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Health Promotion Group for Ethnic Minorities. She is on the Cancer Research UK committee for the Harrow Relay for life where she is in charge of organising the cancer survivors as well as fundraising. Her Relay team has raised around £15,000 annually for the past 7 years.
She is actively involved in raising not only cancer but health awareness in the Asian Community, through health Promotion days, workshops and talks
She was on the review panel for audit of cancer services for several years, comments on research protocols from a user perspective for cancer studies, attends Macmillan seminars, is a Macmillan cancer voice and gives talks on cancer and cancer and Health awareness to various community groups in Harrow and Barnet on a voluntary basis. She believes informed community can take control of their Health and negotiate their path better in the NHS.
She has become a very proficient artist in the past 10 years since her cancer. She attends evening art classes to develop her skills further. She attended an online Oxford University Art appreciation course earlier on while recovering from her operation. She has traveled round the globe in the past 10 years and leads a full active life despite her disability.
She is a shining example of someone who has not let the big C scare her from living. She has stood up and fought for a new life after her illness and succeeded.
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