Gulam is a good neighbour

L-R, Tony Bower, of sponsors Mears, with Gulam Mogra and Danny Crates
L-R, Tony Bower, of sponsors Mears, with Gulam Mogra and Danny Crates
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A dedicated dad who goes out of his way to help his neighbours has scooped a prestigious award and words of praise from a Paralympic champion.

Gulam Mogra, 61, who lives in a block of maisonettes in Ashworth Street, Preston, was crowned Good Neighbour at a special ceremony organised by Contour Homes and Peak Valley Housing Association.

The Impact Awards, hosted by Paralympic Gold medal winning athlete Danny Crates, celebrated the achievements of inspirational residents and staff from across the North West.

Gulam, was honoured for providing a lifeline to his neighbours, who he describes as “one big family”.

Gulam, who is married to Hanifa and has a 14-year-old son Yaseen, gives up his time to clean communal areas in the block, as well as taking out and bringing in the bins and doing the gardening, which has helped scoopa number of Britain in Bloom awards along the way.

If elderly residents have any problems or emergencies, they call on Gulam, who liaises with Contour Homes staff to get the issues resolved.

And Gulam has even driven neighbours to the airport when their holiday taxis have failed to turn up or their cars have broken down.

Resident David Carty, 76, who nominated Gulam, said: “He is so helpful with all the neighbours in our block.

“If ever I have a problem with my television or telephone, he’s always there.

“When I’m going on holiday, he takes me to the airport in Blackpool and picks me up.

“He is a very special bloke.”

Gulam, who used to work for an import and export business before retiring, says he only does what anyone else would do.

He said: “I love our block and we are like one big family. We look after each other and I get real satisfaction from helping my neighbours.

“Neighbours are very important and you never know, one day you might need them yourself.”

The Good Neighbour category was one of nine at the awards held at The Monastery, in Gorton.

The event aimed to inspire, motivate and reward tenants, leaseholders, staff and contractors of Contour Homes and Peak Valley Housing Association, part of the Symphony Housing Group.

Athlete Danny, who lost his right arm in a car accident, went on to become one of Great Britain’s most successful Paralympians and won gold over 800m at the 2004 games in Athens, setting a new world record.

The sports star, described Gulam and all the other nominees and winners as “inspirational.”