The UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has praised Deana Uppal for her charity work in India.
Uppal, renowned for her role in Big Brother UK and a former Miss India UK, has been honoured with the prestigious ‘Points of Light’. The award recognises Uppal’s exceptional work through her charity, the DKU Kindness Diaries Charitable Trust, in supporting poverty-stricken communities in Rajasthan, India.
Uppal told BizAsiaLive.com she is “feeling overwhelmed that the Prime Minster acknowledged myself and the team’s hardwork and efforts.”
She added “It has given me the encouragement to go on and explains the charity even more and take it to greater heights.
“Receiving the Points of Light Award from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is a great honour and fills me with immense gratitude. It is an amazing recognition of the hard work and unwavering commitment of the ‘Kindness Diaries Trust’ team to serve those in need. This award serves as a great inspiration and motivates us to continue making a positive impact in the world through our work. We are truly humbled and grateful for the Prime Minister’s recognition and support of our mission.”
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In a personal letter to Uppal, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “Your charity DKU Kindness Diaries helps provide access to food, medical supplies, and clean water. You are giving young people the chance to go to school by assisting with the cost of school fees and uniforms. You are helping adults to acquire the vocational skills that will mean they can get better jobs to support their families. And during the pandemic, you helped to make sure oxygen machines and PPE reached hospitals, local police forces and those in need.
“Your kindness and service to others is a wonderful demonstration of the power of the living bridge between the UK and India.”
The charity was setup by Uppal in 2015 to address poverty in India through a variety of initiatives. The trust provides food, clothing, and shelter to those in need, and also runs education and vocational training programs to help individuals become self-sufficient.
Uppal’s work was shown in a Netflix documentary last year – ‘India’s Forgotten People’ – read here.