One of my proudest moments in my life, I was presented the Points of Light award for my work for the community during the Chinese New Year by the Prime Minister, Theresa May

In a private reception of around 200 people, I met many influential people working with an interest in the Chinese sector. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming was also in attendance

The Prime Minister was only in the room for around 5 minutes, delivered a short speech, which highlighted my achievement within the Birmingham Chinese Community.

Included in her speech, the Prime Minister said:

Confucius wrote that “Virtue is not left to stand alone – he who practises it will have neighbours."

I think it’s a powerful message for all of us seeking inspiration for the year ahead. And it exemplifies the contribution made by so many Chinese people in this country.

I’m thinking in particular of people like James Wong from Birmingham.

James chairs the committee that runs one of the UK’s largest Chinese New Year festivals, bringing tens of thousands of people together every year.

And he’s also an absolute pillar of his local community, combatting loneliness by bringing elderly people together to enjoy free meals in the restaurant that he runs.

And last year James was officially voted “Brummie of the Year”, which speaks volumes about the face of modern Britain and the contribution and integration of the UK’s Chinese community.

And in January James also received a ‘Points of Light’ award to recognise his work.

And he’s here with us today to help celebrate. Many congratulations James!

The Prime Minister's full speech, please click here

Press release from 10 Downing Street, please click here

Details of the Point of Light award, please click here