ONE half of a couple who have worked tirelessly for decades to fight for disability rights and fostering in the LGBTQ+ community has received a prestigious award.

Michael Atwal-Brice, from Thurnscoe, was presented with a British Citizen Award at the Palace of Westminster last Thursday for services to the community.

“It was an amazing day - out of over 60 million people in UK I was very honoured to be one of the 25 recognised for almost two decades of work in the social care and charity sector. It’s been quite overwhelming,” Michael said.

Alongside husband Paul, Michael has worked with multiple charities such as Epilepsy Action, The National Autistic Society and New Life Children’s Charity to help improve rights for disabled children.

The pair have four children, two of which - Levi and Lucas - have autism and epilepsy and have also been involved in fostering and adoption, promoting the recruitment of more foster carers in the LGBTQ+ community.

Known as ‘The People’s Honours’, the British Citizen Award is in its eighth year and recognises exceptional individuals who positively impact their communities, charities, and individual causes.

The medal presentation was hosted by TV and radio presenter Naga Munchetty, and Michael was presented with his award by Jo Delbridge, director of PR at sponsor Specsavers.