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British Indian receives "Point of Light" award on Women's Day

Miss India UK Deana Uppal won the award for her trust, DKU Kindness Diaries, that improves the lives of marginalized communities in India.

(Image - Twitter @/Deanauppal) 

On the occasion of International Women's day, UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak presented the Points of Light awards to four remarkable individuals who inspired others and made a difference in their communities.

Among the 4 recipients, was Deana Uppal,  a London-based British Indian businesswoman, documentary filmmaker, and Bollywood actor who founded the "DKU Kindness Diaries" organization. Through weekly campaigns in donating food and medicine, the organization has helped thousands of underprivileged families in India.

Speaking at the event, Sunak said "I know the phenomenal work that goes into running a business. I too know from watching my mum running our family pharmacy, the huge sacrifices that are made. It takes guts, stamina and perseverance."

The Indian-origin PM continued, "You do an amazing job. You create jobs. You enrich our country. And together, you demonstrate the power of women in business – with the huge amount of social good that you do…"

Top female-run small businesses from all around the UK, including DeMoo, a clothing company run by Indian-origin women put up a display at the event. The brand upcycles pre-loved clothes into unique hand-finished pieces.

Saskia Patel, India Taylor-Smith and Jess Patel, co-founders of DeMoo said, "The energy in the room was infectious. To be surrounded by so many remarkable female business women was incredibly uplifting. A memory we will never forget."