Prabhu Natarajan, a Kerala native, has been awarded the UK Points of Light Award for his Covid relief efforts by the British government. During the pandemic-induced lockdown in the UK, Mr Natarajan and his son dressed as superheroes, Santa Claus, and, most recently, the Easter Bunny to bring food to hundreds of those in need.
Prabhu Natarajan, his wife, and son came to the United Kingdom in March 2020, just as the novel coronavirus epidemic was sweeping the globe. And, not long after he arrived, the UK, like many other countries around the world, went into lockdown, which harmed his job prospects. However, the same lockdown has garnered him acclaim and recognition for his efforts from none other than British Prime Minister.
Soon after arriving in Banbury, the 34-year-old dedicated himself to helping the town cope with the pandemic. Mr Natarajan brought over 11,000 chocolates, gifts, and other food items to hundreds of families across the area, according to the UK PM Office. That isn’t the case.
In the previous 22 days in India, Mr Natarajan has lost his father, 11 family members, and nine best friends to Covid, he added. He dedicated the honour to those who had died as a result of the disease. “Take care of people around you if you want to live a happy life,” Mr Natarajan urged, adding that “a smile and an act of kindness wins everything.”
In a personal letter to Mr Natarajan, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised him for all he had done in the previous year to bring joy to the families of his community. Natarajan, in his response, thanked PM Johnson and others who thought deserved that award. “It’s not an individual effort. I have got immense support from my wife Shilpa Balachandran, my son Addhu (Advaith Prabhu) and the amazing people of the whole of Banbury,” he said.