Keralite who supplied food packets during Covid crisis invited to British PM's dinner party
Thrissur: Keralite Prabhu Natarajan and family migrated to England in March last year seeking a better job and a new life. But lockdown was implemented within 10 days of reaching the country. Though the hopes for a new job ended, the lockdown crisis changed Prabhu's life. The 34-year-old won four honours for Covid services and was invited for a dinner party hosted by British prime minister Boris Johnson.
First, Prabhu won the 'Man of the Year' nomination of the daily Oxford Mail. Following this, he also bagged the Point of Light award which was won by only 1,636 people in the history of Britain. Then Prabhu received a letter of appreciation from MP Victoria Prentis and an invitation to the prime minister's dinner party too.
Prabhu's life changed after he and his wife decided to celebrate their 7th wedding anniversary on November 14 while waiting for a job. Though they had no friends in England, he bought 15 packets of food. He put up a social media post stating he can provide food for anyone in need. Within one and a half hours, he received over 100 calls.
That was the beginning of his Covid services. Prabhu understood that there were several people in need of help and he decided to help them. He went to the streets wearing costumes of Santa Claus and Superman and raised funds for charity programmes. On knowing his intentions, many people helped him.
Prabhu managed to collect upto Rs 14 lakh per day. He used the funds for buying food and essentials and distributing them to the deserving people. Prabhu distributed 11,000 food packets in the end of 2020 alone. Toys, dress and chocolates for children also were supplied in addition to this. He continues his service even now.
Hailing from Olavakkode in Palakkad, Prabhu lost this father Natarajan at a very young age. His mother Vijayalakshmi educated him by selling clothes at households. Prabhu was working as a medical transcriptionist in Coimbatore before migrating to England.
Prabhu currently lives in Banbury near Oxford. He works as caretaker of an old age home. His wife Shilpa is the manager of the old age home. 5-year-old Advaith is their only son.