Top fundraiser given rare award by Lions

Farooq receives the Fellowship plaque from Lions Club president Bill Peacock (right) and
Farooq receives the Fellowship plaque from Lions Club president Bill Peacock (right) and
0
Have your say

A charity fundraiser has become only the second person in the city to be given a top award for his dedication to good causes.

Farooq Mohammed, who has helped raise more than £10,000 in eight years, was given the Melvin Jones Fellowship award from the Peterborough Lions Club.

Mr Mohammed, who is an honorary member of the fundraising group, was given the award at a surprise presentation at the restaurant he owns, Maharanis in Hampton Hargate, on Sunday.

Mr Mohammed said: “I was very humbled to receive the award.

“I am very pleased to be able to help others out. It is nice recognition, but there are others who have raised more and are more worthy to receive this.

“It was completely out of the blue - I did not expect to get this.”

David Pope, branch secretary, said: “Farooq runs breakfast clubs for three schools in the city.

“We have been able to use his restaurant for curry nights over the past eight years, and those nights have raised £10,000. He is an exceptionally nice, humble and generous man.”

The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award has only been presented to one Peterborough Lions Club member before. John Cheetham picked up the honour having been a member for more than 40 years,

The award is named after the founder of the International Lions Club. Mr Mohammed’s name will be added to a roll of honour at Lions HQ in Chicago.