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Rajesh Patel has been nominated for the Shop Local, Shop Little Heroes Award.

Rajesh, popularly known as Raj, a member from Lewisham & Woolwich Branch has been a member for last 30 years and along the time has served his Branch well over the years and is still involved with NFRN activities as a branch and district delegate.

Present crisis and the lockdown have brought over the hidden side of Rajesh’s work with his customers and his community.

It all started with his HND service and from onset he decided to use his robust HND service into helping his regular HND customers. He enhanced the service to deliver apart from papers, all groceries, medicines and any other daily requirement needed by customers focusing on old and vulnerable customers. He then rolled this out to his other customers visiting his shop and kept a special lookout anyone needing help with deliveries and home cooked food. To help the community he donated his entire PPE stock to his local Saint Christopher’s Hospice immediately. He received a certificate of Gratitude from the Mayor of Bromley. Apart from this Raj has close links with the community through BAPS Neasden Temple and their network delivers vegetarian food to anyone who needs it and presently are looking after a number of vulnerable families, one particular family is a former branch official who gets Rajesh’s service. Rajesh is a true hero who believes in a helpline, all without a thought of the cost.

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