As an advocate, I champion social justice & equality.
I’ve been involved in charity work in one way or another since childhood, joining St John Ambulance at the young age of 10 & dedicating 13 years voluntary service to the first-aid organisation. My service with St John led to me also joining the Air Cadets at age 13, of the Royal Air Force.
In 2005 I became a helpline volunteer with The Lesbian & Gay Foundation Switchboard for several years, providing telephone advice & support to Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual people. In 2008 I ran the BUPA Great Manchester Run in aid of the George House Trust, an organisation that helps & supports those living with HIV.
In 2009 as a result of my diagnosis with depression due to my experiences of racism & homophobia as a police detective, I undertook counselling with Self Help Services of The Big Life Group & actively support this amazing organisation who was there for me in my time of need. I also donate to Mind, the charity which helps people to take control of their mental health & remove stigma.
I founded the initiative that Racism Ruins Lives which strives to eliminate discrimination & I’m an Ambassador for BME Cancer Voice ‘Cancer does not discriminate’, helping to raise awareness of cancer in all communities.
Although the Metropolitan Police & The Sun tried to discredit me after I challenged racism & homophobia within Scotland Yard with the former leaking my private data to the tabloid for payment & the latter having paid for it & threatening to publish it, I had been active in public life for over 20 years.
In 2012, I received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. This was for my public service as a police officer, with the Greater Manchester Police & Metropolitan Police Service.
In 1998, I was named a UK National Young Achiever attending a reception with the Queen & other royals at Buckingham Palace having being nominated by the Liverpool Echo newspaper. This was my third royal invitation to the palace in a four-year period, in recognition of my community & volunteering achievements.
In 1996, I was named a St John Ambulance Cadet of the Year & attended a reception with the Princess Royal. In 1994, I received an award as a St John Grand Prior Cadet from the Duke of Gloucester.