Sayd Ahmed



Matt Allwright, Sayd Ahmed BCAhon, Pat Egan, Places for People

Each year, since 2001, Sayd selects a different organisation to help through donating the entire Boxing Day takings from his convenience store. To date 22 different local organisations have benefitted from significant cash injections.  Sayd is committed to improving the lives of people from across a very diverse part of his local and wider community.

Sayd provides food at four centres for homeless, vulnerable and people on the margins of society in Weston-Super-Mare, including Victoria Kitchen which helps sofa surfers and rough sleepers. He supports the Multicultural Friendship Association which shares the traditions, customs and cultures of different countries with the people of the surrounding areas. This promotes diversity and shared learning in a positive way.  Through his contribution the group now supports minorities representing over 60 countries.

Sayd is devoted to his community, providing food at community events, helping schools raise money for equipment as well as supporting local sports clubs.  He gives talks on cooking and culture and helps children to understand the reasons for cultural differences, enhancing tolerance, respect and equality amongst young people.  To date he has raised over £125,000 for his local community.