Fundraiser nominated for community award
Bradford volunteer Mohammed Amran has been nominated for a national award and a £5,000 prize to benefit his community.
A prolific fundraiser, Mr Amran played a prominent role in conflict resolutions following riots in the city as co-founder and chairman of the Young People Forum.
He was runner up in Public Citizen category of the Bradford’s Best awards run by the Telegraph & Argus last year. Now, he has been nominated for the national HiQ Hero award, which honours unsung heroes for their work.
His colleague, Ikram Butt, nominated him. Mr Butt said: “For the last 15 years he has worked voluntarily in the community to encourage young people to embrace the concept of good citizenship.
“During the Bradford disturbances of 1995 and 2001 he was on the front line of conflict resolutions when he brought into play young people having open and honest dialogue with the West Yorkshire Police Service.
“He has also fundraised for The Prince’s Trust, The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Relief, Yorkshire air ambulance and many voluntary organisations.”
Born and bred in Manningham, Mr Amran organised the first National Holocaust Memorial Day and carried out a study on the issue of disability in the Asian community.
Five years ago he was named winner of the Community Builder category of the Beacon Prize. The prize celebrates and raises the profile of charitable giving in the UK by handing recognition to those who have made a significant contribution to charity.
He is currently a director of the Bradford Youth Development Partnership. If he wins the award, he will receive £5,000 to spend on a community project of his choice.
Juergen Titz, of HiQ, wants more nominations from Bradford. He said: “It’s nice to see the nomination for Mohammed and we’re sure that there are many other community workers and volunteers in Bradford that deserve recognition.”
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