17 February 2014

Tribute to Bristol anti racism leader

Batook Pandya

The Trust Board and members of the Bristol team were deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of Batook Pandya, Director of Stand Against Racism (SARI).

Mr Pandya was a leading campaigner for SARI, a charity run by and for victims of racial harrassment or attack and one of the partners in our bid for the Bristol tender. He worked very closely with the Bristol locality team and his thinking has contributed to many of the new initiatives adopted by the team.

Malcolm Sinclair, Managing Director for Mental Health Bristol said, "This is tragic news. Batook has been an inspiration and great friend to us. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time."

James Eldred, Clinical Director says, " It is not often in life that you get the opportunity to meet someone like Batook Pandya. We will miss him so much, not only because of his tireless work, but because he was a great man."

Mr Pandya is pictured on the right with colleagues in Sikh Gurdwara for a faith and diversity tour of the city that he led for us.

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