Prabhu Natarajan, a Senior Care Assistant at Glebefields Care Home in Banbury, has won ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in The Oxford Mail’s Oxfordshire Health & Social Care Awards 2021 after receiving 30,000 nominations. He will also be awarded the ‘Point of Light’ award by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and it is also planned for him to meet the Royal family and David Beckham!
Nisha Shaji, General Manager at Glebefields Care Home, commented: “Prabhu is very down to earth and pleasant natured, our resident’s love him to bits. We, as a team, are truly privileged to have him and his wife as valuable employees.”
Nisha went on to discuss some of Prabhu’s selfless acts of kindness since he came to the UK in March 2020:
- On their wedding anniversary on 14th November 2020, Prabhu and his wife donated food parcels to people struggling due to the pandemic in Banbury. The response was huge so they continued to donate food packets in the local community. In recognition of this, Prabhu received the “Unsung Hero in North Oxfordshire” certificate of appreciation from MP Victoria Prentis in December 2020.
- During December, Prabhu dressed up as Santa and donated toys and chocolates all the way through the festive period of 2020. His young son also joined in by giving away his own toys and volunteering to dress and undress ‘Santa’ at break times! Prabhu also dressed up as Elf for the residents at Glebefields and distributed Christmas presents on behalf of Barchester.
- Prabhu and his son went on to dress up as super heroes to bring cheer to the community and deliver food parcels. At this point, many charities and local businesses joined him. To honour his kindness, Marvel Studios have sketched a picture of Prabhu and his son dressed as super heroes and have also gifted a trip to Australia to see their new studios (read more).
- Prabhu has raised funds for many struggling families in and around Banbury by walking 50 miles in 5 days dressed up as an Easter bunny, distributing hand sanitisers, masks and Easter eggs during Easter week (read more). He has also raised funds for the Meningitis Society by walking a circuit around Spiceball Park in Banbury whilst dressed up as different animals.
- The biggest applause came when he was fundraising for a local man who lost his wallet contacting £750 and his wife’s picture. Prabhu completed 750 trampoline jumps dressed as an Easter bunny after night shifts.
- Most recently he worked with a local business to mend the flooring for three struggling families worth £2000.
Prabhu’s kindness and determination hasn’t gone unnoticed and he has been awarded the ‘Point of Light’ award. With the certificate due to arrive in the post, there is also a ceremony planned where he will be meeting The Queen and David Beckham to congratulate him (read more).
Prabhu’s is becoming a bit of a local celebrity, with his efforts being covered by the Banbury Guardian and Banbury FM, and also featuring on the BBC Oxford News three times. He’s won several awards of recognition and even been invited to inaugurate local stores. Following his win of the Oxfordshire ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award, Prabhu has now set his sights on ‘Banbury 2020 Lockdown Hero’!