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Trust surgeon meets the Queen after raising millions for charity

Published 22/02/2018

A Royal Derby Hospital surgeon’s fantastic fundraising work has been given the royal seal of approval.

Mr Syed Iftikhar was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet her Majesty the Queen as recognition for his life-saving charitable work across the world. 

The Consultant Upper GI Surgeon also met the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during the reception, which recognised around 200 people from across the Commonwealth who have made a notable contribution to different communities. 

He said: “It was a huge honour to meet her Majesty the Queen at her request and for her to acknowledge me for what I’ve done in my life was very special. The whole meeting happened like a blur. I didn’t plan anything to say, as I didn’t think there’d be time, so I just told her that I was very humbled to be there, and she smiled at me and said ‘well done’. It really did mean a lot for me to be able to meet her, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in this way.”

As well as fundraising for a number of local schemes as a Rotarian for the last 22 years, Mr Iftikhar has also helped raise around £4 million for different causes in other countries through his charity Midland Doctors, which built a general hospital in Pakistan in the aftermath of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.

More than 87,000 people were killed and over 3 million people were left homeless by the natural disaster, with Mr Iftikhar taking a team to the area following the tragedy to provide emergency treatment for locals. 

Midland Doctors was set up as a result and funded the building of the general hospital in Kashmir in 2013, with the facility providing free treatment for everyone in the area and containing an outpatient department, two theatres, x-ray and a pharmacy.

Mr Iftikhar said: “It was important for me that this hospital be free for everyone. I wasn’t born a rich man; nature provided me with a skill as a surgeon, so I feel I have to give something back to others. I just wanted to take the quality of care we provide here in Derby and across England to other places, so that other people could benefit. I didn’t start doing this for any reason but to help people and I never had a desire to get any awards or acknowledgements. It means everything when I see people benefiting from the hospital. When I look into people’s eyes and see how grateful they are, the feeling is unsurpassable and is something you couldn’t buy for any amount of money.”   

Last Modified 22/02/2018