‘Backbone’ of Northampton’s Sikh community shortlisted as inspirational woman finalist

Pindy Chahal
Pindy Chahal

A charitable woman who has built a network of volunteers and has secured funding for the Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club (SCCYC) projects has been applauded for her hard work in Northampton.

Community Development Officer of SCCYC, Pindy Chahal of Duston has been called the backbone of the group and has helped the club win awards.

As well as this she devotes her time by encouraging equality amongst minority women as well as using her role to fundraise for causes including, cancer relief, girls refuge and global disaster relief.

Mrs Chahal - who has attended the awards event every year - found herself in shock after being shortlisted for the Inspirational Woman Award.

She said: “The award is a great initiative, I can't believe the benefits of becoming a finalist, the publicity has already made a huge difference since Saturday.

“It inspired a number of women to discuss their ideas for services with me on Sunday and some have even signed up to volunteer.

“I received a call from a distraught person needing support this week and said they heard that we help people and were awarded."

As part of her role over the previous 13 years, she also provides a support service to the elderly Sikh community and delivers Indian food to the older generation who have found themselves isolated through having surgery.

She added: "The 'Sikh value' of 'helping those in need' inspires me to work hard and to volunteer, my passion is to make a difference to the community:

"It’s very encouraging to have received such wonderful messages about the short-listing, it has inspired me to work even harder and volunteer even more time to the causes."