Year 12 Student Sahil Usman has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Years Honours List for his services to the community during Covid-19.

When Sahil saw shelves had been emptied in local supermarkets he made 300 hampers and delivered them to elderly and vulnerable people across Blackburn.

Sahil said he did it because he “knew what it was like to be classed as vulnerable, but knew he had his mum to help him, while many people had no-one”.

Sahil was first recognised for his efforts when he won a Fusion Award back in 2019. He said: “I just feel really proud. I have been told that Boris Johnson gave my name to the Queen and it’s amazing to think they have seen the work I have done. I’m very proud to come from the North and I feel that this has made Lancashire proud. I love the diversity that the Queen’s Honours list includes and I want to say thank you to Boris Johnson for putting my name forward.”

Sahil has been recognised with a number of accolades including the Lancashire Telegraph Community Heroes award as ‘Young Person of the year’, the (Princess) Diana Award, and was also presented with the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year 2020.

From everyone here at QEGS , we are unbelievably proud of you. You are an asset to the school and community.

Click here to read all about Sahil’s good work in the Community.