The legendary Amitabh Bachchan was the guest of honour this morning at a reception hosted by Samantha Cameron for a charity initiative to tackle diabetes.
The reception, held at 10 Downing Street mark’s the sixth anniversary of the Leicester-based charity ‘Silver Star‘. Amitabh Bachchan who sponsors the charity was given a unique birthday present on his 70th birthday by the charity, a Mobile Diabetes Unit for the city of Mumbai. The charity launched in 2007, campaigns to raise awareness of diabetes. At the reception the charity announced plans for a 5th mobile unit for Birmingham in the West Midlands and a 6th for Delhi, to be named after Amitabh’s father and launched in 2014. Keith Vaz MP, Founder Patron of Silver Star said “Diabetes is a ticking time bomb. There are an estimated 62 million Indians with type-2 diabetes and by 2025 there will be almost 100 million with the condition“. The MP said further the charity is truly privileged to be supported by the legend Amitabh Bachchan. We would not have been able to do this without Amitabh’s support.