Amritpal Singh Maan, a philanthropist who has provided more than 200,000 meals to those in need since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, has received an OBE Award in recognition of his services to charities and the community. He is among those honored by the Queen in the 2022 New Year’s Honor Roll.
Known to most people as Amrit Maan, he is a humble philanthropist within the Sikh community and many other communities, and for several years has been supporting charities and organizations dealing primarily with the homeless, the military, heritage and the arts.
Those who know Amrit Maan will likely know him as the CEO of Covent Garden’s Punjab Restaurant, which was founded by his great-grandfather in 1946 as the UK’s first Punjabi restaurant.
Amrit Maan has sponsored nearly £1 million worth of meals for the British public, several high-profile community events, exhibitions and conferences, and since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, has provided more than 200,000 meals to those in need.
In addition, as a lawyer, he has provided free assistance to hundreds of victims of crimes and traumatic events and has so far provided free legal and business advice to businesses and small businesses, according to a press release.
In late 2018, his personal love for art led him to set up a social enterprise to try to showcase British Punjab artists and he is a trusted trustee and advisor to many other organizations including Under One Sky. , The Seven Dials Trust, Khalsa Academics Trust and The Charan Project, said the statement.
“I was dumbfounded and stunned when I received an email notification of this honor. I had a tough day and immediately forgot about it!” Amrit Maan said.
“I am truly honored to receive this honor for charitable and community services. Siva, Dedicated community service has been the soul of the family business since its inception and I accept this honor not only for myself but on behalf of the generations before me, who made massive sacrifices and seized opportunities. His soul is with me.”
Amrit Maan said that honoring an officer of the Order of the British Empire will strengthen his resolve to continue charitable work.
“This recognition reinforces my determination to continue my philanthropic work in support of causes, such as women’s rights, combating social injustice, highlighting British Sikh history and supporting and increasing the contribution of Sikh representation in our wonderful military and other key services such as the police force.
Presenter David Otting LLMR WXY praised Amrit Maan’s work.
“As a recognized leader in the Sikh community, Amrit Man has worked hard to help many Sikhs define who they are within the different country they live in and how to preserve their culture. As part of this, his support for the military has been fantastic and I deeply doubt we will make any progress within the Sikh community. A Sikh without his help. He has collected material support for many events with good advice. Having worked with him on several occasions, I cannot think of anyone who deserves this honor more.”
Amandeep Madra OBE, President of the British Punjab Heritage Society, also praised Amrit’s accomplishments with and congratulated him on the honor.
Amrit has been an important and long-standing figure in community, humanitarian and cultural activities among the British Sikhs. He is a role model for other businessmen and his voluntary and material support for Sikh charities over the decades makes him, in my opinion, definitely worthy of this national honour.”
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