A Pakistani ‘foodpreneur’ made history by receiving double honours from the Queen for his services with regards to business and charity during the Covid-19. Raja Suleman Raza, Chief Executive of the Spice Village, received the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) on the occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
It is highly unusual that a recipient of the Queen’s honours received them twice for services in different sectors.
Raza’s not-for-profit initiative Uplyft, based in Croydon, won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services (QAVS) with the following citation, “Feeds the homeless and vulnerable, uplifts communities through diversity and inclusion initiatives.”
The QAVS is the highest award given to UK volunteer groups, being equivalent to the MBE. It recognises the exceptional work done by volunteer groups in their communities.
Source: Express Tribune