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Arun Patel


Arun meeting with the Vice President of India

Arun Patel was born in Uganda (East Africa) in 1953. He contracted polio at the tender age of 1, leaving his right leg completely paralysed. At present both his legs are polio-ridden

Arun recognised very early in his life that the only way to minimise the terrible burdens placed by this disease on those unfortunate enough to suffer from it, was a good sound education that would lead to a job which required minimum physical effort.

After initial schooling in Uganda he went to the UK in 1970 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, being placed amongst the top 10 candidates. After having worked for KPMG, an international practice, he successfully built up his own professional practice from a zero base before selling it. He decided to channel all his efforts into helping those unfortunate children from extremely poor economic backgrounds, who were struck by polio.

He set up Polio Children, a UK and US registered charity with the help of his two brothers and many friends. He is determined to ensure that the plight of polio victims is not overlooked as a result of the massive coverage given to the polio eradication programs.

Awards and recognitions

Arun Meeting With the President of India

1. 2005: Granted audience by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India (2002-2007) for Polio Children’s service to handicapped children in India.

2. 2007: “Redbridge Award for Service to the Community” Redbridge, Essex, England.

3. 2008: UK Asian Achievers Awards, London, England (Nominated)

4. 2012: Torchbearer for England at the London Paralympics (one of eight individuals chosen from all the countries participating in the Paralympics)

5. 2013: Rotary International’s “Paul Harris Award for Service to the Community”, Redbridge, Essex, England.

6. 2014: Nominated for the World of Children award.

7. 2015: Winner of the Inaugural British Citizen Awards (Healthcare category).

8. 2015 Awarded Points of Light (POL) award by PM of UK Mr David Cameron.

Arun is married with two grown up sons.

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