As Volunteers Week finishes, we caught up with a volunteer officer who had a royal engagement after meeting with the Prince of Wales during a recent visit to Coventry.
Special Sergeant Hitesh Mehta spent time speaking with Prince Charles during his trip to mark the City of Culture status.
Hitesh – who has been a Special with us for almost 18 years – plays a crucial role within the community due to his volunteering with the force and also at the city Shree Krishna Temple he attends.
The Prince is the founder of the British Asian Trust, a charity which tackles humanitarian crisis in South Asia. Bank worker Hitesh – along with some other community members, was invited to talk about supporting the relief aid into India during the CoVID crisis. This is something he’s also been involved with through his employer.
Hitesh said: “It was an amazing experience, the Prince of Wales is such a humble person and was very interested to hear about the different fundraising initiatives taking place and the vital support communities are giving to their families and loved ones.
“A lot of people have been doing what they can to offer support to India during what has been a terrible time. It’s what communities are all about, standing shoulder to shoulder, giving time and support in what they can.
“Volunteering is a key aspect of everyday life and it’s one of the reasons I enjoy being a Special. I get to help others and make a difference.”
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