Published: 02:38 PM, 11 November 2023
Campaigning mother awarded in U.K. Parliament alongside Bollywood actress and humanitarian ambassador, Manisha Koirala, cricketer, Azeem Rafiq, 2020 rugby Paralympian gold medal winner, Dr Ayaz Bhuta MBE.
Hasina Momtaz, a mother from Croydon, UK was awarded at a ceremony highlighting resilience and hope against the odds for her triumph over adversity following the death of her only child who was killed by an uninsured driver.
Hasina’s son, Sami, was killed in 2014 at the age of 18. Speaking at the award ceremony, attended by politicians, community campaigners, and media, Hasina said: “On the 3rd June 2014, I received the news that no parent wants to receive, that my son had been killed. He had died within minutes of being struck by an uninsured driver. With those few words, my world collapsed. I spent the next few years relentlessly campaigning and lobbying the CPS to prosecute the driver and to raise awareness of road safety, alongside being involved with international charity RoadPeace, even appearing in the media to highlight the issue.”