There was a double surprise for Manoj Kumar – who didn’t even know he was coming to the YEP Best of Health Awards.
His wife had promised him a romantic lunch out, but instead he was named Pharmacist of the Year.
A massive number of nominations put forward Manoj for being an “invaluable part of the community”, dispensing thoughtful advice to residents of all ages. Examples of his dedication to his job included staying open beyond usual hours to serve patients to delivering medication to older people. He was described as extremely hard-working, but always friendly and happy.
The judges said the strength of feeling was testament to the amount of respect he commands in the community where he works.
Manoj told the awards audience: “I can’t believe anyone nominated me. I do this job every day, day in day out, and it’s just what I do.”
Afterwards he added: “I am a bit shocked - but this is also all about the team who works with me.”
The other shortlisted nominee in this category was Michael Manning, who runs his pharmacy on Lidgett Lane, Leeds, and who was nominated for going over and above the call of duty by doing things such as dropping off medication to patients himself.