A UK pilot and Khalsa Aid volunteer, Jaspal Singh has been honoured by Prime Minister Boris Johnson with the Points of Light award. Jaspal, who is a pilot with Virgin Atlantic, volunteered to fly 200 donated oxygen concentrators to India to help in the country's battle against COVID-19.
PM Johnson wrote a personal letter to Jaspal, thanking him for his “enormous contribution to India’s battle against Coronavirus.”
“The British people have stepped up in their thousands to help the people of India in a demonstration of the deep connection between our countries. I was inspired to hear of how you have taken to the skies to deliver hundreds of oxygen cylinders to people in need,” the letter read.
Jaspal reached out to Virgin Atlantic after seeing the tragic impact of the pandemic in India, requesting them to aid relief work.
“Having seen the devastating impact of COVID-19 in India, I wanted to do everything within my power to support the cause,” said Jaspal in a statement released by Points of Light.
“It has been amazing to see the generosity of the general public, colleagues, friends and family who have donated much needed oxygen concentrator machines to ‘Khalsa Aid International’. This generosity inspired me to connect with Virgin Atlantic to see if we could enable these machines to reach the people of India, it was then an immense privilege to be able to personally fly these vital oxygen supplies,” he added.