Muzib Rahman, owner and manager of Agra, the Indian restaurant in Warminster, was awarded the 2018 Civic Award on Saturday, October 20, for his services to Warminster community.
He took over the restaurant on East Street in 1984, he has raised thousands of pounds for various charities.
A humble Muzib said he had no reason to believe he would be chosen, and attributes the award to the people of Warminster.
“Other people who were there do good things for the community: it was a total shock, but I’m really proud,” he said.
“If I can make a small difference, I’m happy. I feel privileged to be a part of the community and I couldn’t have done anything without it.”
Muzib said he was touched by the numerous phone calls and letters, congratulating him on winning the award.
Through fundraising events, including parties, raffles, donations and meals, he has helped local charities and causes overseas, such as Macmillan Cancer Support and the Nepal earthquake Appeal.
But there is one event that stands out. After the 2015 Nepal earthquake, pupils from Kingdown School, Warminster, were involved in the fundraising event alongside other volunteers, and raised £2,210.
“It was really touching because of all the hard work the pupils put in. If I can put a smile on someone’s face it’s worth it, but to see the kids was really touching.”
The next confirmed events are for Christian Aid on February 19 and April 8.
Picture by Deborah Hudson, Warminster Journal.