Last Wednesday, diagnosis a UK-based community organisation received a major royal award as a result of its work in providing bereavement services for local communities.
The Muslim Burial Council Of Leicestershire (MBCOL) was presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by HM the Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Jennifer Gretton.
The distinction was presented to MBCOL’s Trustees at a special ceremony attended by dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of Leicester City, Councillor Hunt, Mayor of Oadby, Councillor Kaufman and leaders of both Leicester City and Leicestershire County Council’s.
“The evening was a major success not only for MBCOL but for faith-based charities as a whole because we work tirelessly to make a difference in our communities. For us, the award recognised the vital role played by our ‘unsung heroes’ who are our volunteers, who commit so much of their free time to provide essential services for the community. This has allowed us to receive recognition throughout the UK and Europe as a pioneering faith-based, social organization.”
MBCOL was set up in 1994 to deal with the difficulties in accommodating the religious funeral preferences and requirements of the Muslim community. With the co-operation of statutory authorities, a successful programme of out of hour’s burials has been delivered.
MBCOL is now exploring possibilities with new and existing partners to increase its capacity through its proposed centralised project. MBCOL wishes to deliver a more comprehensive and complete service operating outside of its current operational hours and housing bereavement training and burial facilities delivered from one site.
Suleman Nagdi MBE, Chair of MBCOL said: “MBCOL was very proud to have received such a high honour. The superb turnout from individuals and organisations from across Leicestershire who shared the momentous occasion with us, was heartening.