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Mumbai-based Annabel gets top UK honour


reason for Tendulkars to celebrate

Mumbai : Sachin Tendulkar’s mother-in-law and Mumbai-based social activist Annabel Mehta, a British national, has been awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her work and service to the underprivileged. The award will be presented to her at Buckingham Palace in London later this year.

“Her Majesty the Queen approved the award to Mehta, a British national, in recognition of her work and service to underprivileged communities in Mumbai, and the NGO, Apnalaya,” a statement issued by the British Deputy High Commission said.

Annabel has been recognised and honoured for over 40 years of service to under-privileged communities in India. Much of this has been through her leading role within the NGO, Apnalaya, of which she has been president since 2013.

In the last 25 years, Apnalaya, led by Annabel has focused on the Shivaji Nagar slum community adjoining the Deonar dumping ground, with a population of around 600,000, many of whom live in challenging conditions.

Apnalaya works to promote issues of health care, gender, education and livelihoods using an integrated community development approach. “Annabel’s passion for social work and improving the lives of people in the slum communities is evident as she has been working on an entirely voluntary basis at this grassroots organisation. She represents a shining example of the Living Bridge between India and the United Kingdom,” the statement added.

British Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai, Kumar Iyer, said, “Through her philanthropic work, Annabel represents a remarkable example of the amazing voluntary work that British nationals do overseas.”

Annabel Mehta was born in Birmingham in 1940 and trained in social administration at the London School of Economics where she met her Indian husband, Anand Mehta. She moved to India in 1966.