British Empire Medal recipient from Brierley Hill overcomes health challenges to fundraise again

Mr Bedi with Mike Wood MP, Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands Sir John Crabtree, and Mr Bedi's family at the presentation event at Pensnett Community Centre

A popular Brierley Hill fundraiser Gurcharan Singh Bedi, has defied recent health challenges to continue his much-loved fundraising work.

Mr Bedi was presented with the British Empire Medal by Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands Sir John Crabtree on behalf of the King, in recognition of his many decades of voluntary work helping to raise more than £30,000 for causes such as White House Cancer Support in Dudley, Mary Stevens Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Research.

Although it had been feared that poor health might force Mr Bedi to slow down his charity work, he has bounced back raising a further £200 for White House Cancer Support in Dudley in June of this year. Dudley South MP Mike Wood said:

“Age often brings challenges that slow us all down, but it speaks to Mr Bedi’s character that even after his own share of these challenges he has continued to sell raffle tickets and play his part.

“Mr Bedi has dedicated much of his life to charitable activity and volunteering. He is a real model member of our community and a well-deserved recipient of the British Empire Medal.”

Reflecting on his father’s voluntary work and the presentation of the medal last year, Mr Bedi’s son, Verinder Bedi, added: “I am so honoured that he has been recognised for his selfless contribution to his community locally and internationally, even after he had a stroke he has continued to raise money for charity - I couldn’t be prouder”.

Mr Bedi said that he was touched by the speeches given in his honour at the ceremony to present him with his medal.


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