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Introducing Birmingham 2022 Queen's Relay Batonbearer Om Gurung

Published on Thursday, 14th July 2022

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Batonbearer Om Gurung OBE

Batonbearers were nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community and being an inspiration to others.

As we look towards welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay on 21 July, we are proud to introduce Borough Batonbearer, Om Gurung, MBE.

Om is a hugely popular person not only amongst the Gurkha and Nepalese community but the Borough as a whole.

He has raised huge sums of money for local charities, helped countless newcomers to the country, supported some of the most vulnerable in the community, and dedicated himself to helping people with language support, life skills, and physical activity. 

Om received MBE in 1997 for playing a significant role in organising the handover of Hong Kong from UK to China. 

After serving in the British Army for many years as a Gurkha Regimental Sergeant Major, Om is the founder of the British Gurkha Veterans Association and continually champions and supports the communities across UK and Nepal. 

Om has raised money for the Poppy Appeal for the last 24 years and has hosted The Mayor’s Charity Appeal every year for the last 24 years and alongside other Gurkha veterans helps to raise money annually for the Gurkha Welfare Trust.  

Om has been a Rotarian for 22 years and became president for the Rotary Club of Nuneaton around 2007. During his engagement in the club, he successfully supported the renovation of a public school, established a health post and completed a Water and Sanitation (WASH) project in the western part of Nepal.  

During 2013 Om was recognised as Pride of Nuneaton and in April 2015 led a team in organising and raising a huge sum of £52,000 to erect a Gurkha Memorial monument, remembering the 43,000 Gurkhas killed in World War One, World War Two and other conflicts. 

The stone monument was inaugurated in Riversley Park, Nuneaton in 2015. 

Furthermore, Om was acknowledged as a Freeman of the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth in March 2022. 

Upon discovering he was going to be a Batonbearer Om said:“It’s a great honour to be chosen as a Queen’s Batonbearer for Nuneaton and Bedworth. I was extremely surprised and equally delighted when I was informed about it.

“I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported me, believed in me, and recommended me to be the Batonbearer. It’s an enormous recognition for the Nepalese (Gurkha community) as well for the people of Nuneaton and Bedworth who are dedicated to serving the community selflessly."

Find out where the Baton will travel in Nuneaton and Bedworth and how you can get involved.