Zak Ahmed, Shuhel Ahmed, and the team at Babul’s have been named Unsung Heroes by Bishop Auckland MP, Dehenna Davison, after delivering thousands of takeaways for key workers and the vulnerable.
Over the weekend, local MP, Dehenna Davison, delivered her fourth Unsung Heroes award. In a contactless delivery, Dehenna presented brothers Zak and Shuhel Ahmed with the award at their Barnard Castle restaurant, along with a pizza box of sweets and a voucher from Joey's Waffle House at Tindale Crescent. The ‘Our Unsung Heroes’ scheme was created by Dehenna Davison MP to recognise local heroes during the Coronavirus outbreak.
On why they nominated Zak, Shuhel, and the Babul’s team residents said, “It’s a no brainer nominating Zak, he has fed care workers, NHS staff, refuse collectors, shop staff and volunteers for free. He is amazing!” and “I have been following the amazing online campaign these guys have been leading in the local Teesdale community. Despite suffering the hardships like most other businesses have experienced in the hospitality sector, they have gone above and beyond to help the most needy and vulnerable in the community.”
The Babul’s team have helped provide over 3000 meals to key workers, local NHS staff & families within Teesdale community. His efforts have also helped feed the elderly in isolation. In response to Babul’s receiving the award Davison said:
“Zak and Shuhel have been incredible helping those in need during this crisis. Along with his team at Babul’s, they have helped families by providing meal vouchers for school pupils, hot meals to the elderly and isolated, and the list goes on.”
“I was grateful to have been invited by Zak to help hand out free meals to staff at Bishop Auckland Hospital a few weeks ago. I experienced first hard the selfless work the team are doing and I was delighted to deliver this award as a token of our community’s gratitude to Zak, Shuhel, and everyone at Babul’s.”