Member of the CCG’s Health and Faith Network to receive MBE

14 October 2020

   Parminder Kaur Kondral (née Mudhar) has been recognised to receive an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the Queen’s Honours list 2020 for her services in chaplaincy for the Sikh community.

Parminder has been a member of a faith group in BHR, formed in May in response to the pandemic. Parminder has been thrown herself wholeheartedly into the group and has done a fantastic job of sharing information to and from her networks in the Sikh community.

Throughout the pandemic, the group has met fortnightly to talk about important issues such as death, bereavement, religious celebrations and more recently the reopening of places of worship. Having received feedback that members have found this forum really beneficial, the idea to expand has come to fruition, and with the help of our partners in Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) and Barts NHS Trust, the now called ‘BHR Health and Faith Network’ will be officially launched in November.

Parminder is a volunteer ‘Honorary’ chaplain at Queen’s in Romford, King George, and Goodmayes Mental Health Hospitals in East London; she has links with St Francis Hospice, Romford; St Luke’s Hospice, Basildon; Haven House Children’s Hospice in Chingford; Richard House Children’s Hospice, London; St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney; and John Howard Centre in Hackney and City of London.

Parminder is an Executive Member of the Sikh Women’s Alliance (SWA) and actively participates at their monthly and yearly events. SWA aims are to empower, inspire and inform Sikh women to join the mainstream of UK Society.

Parminder is currently working at Adult Health and Social Services Care at Fairlop, Barkingside and has frequently been called upon to use her interpreting skills in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu to help professionals understand the needs of the patients.

“I am honoured to receive this MBE, and makes me feel ‘special’ for being part of UK’s diverse population.”