Cpl Rabin Koyee Rai from Queen’s Gurkha Signals was awarded this year’s Fishmongers’ Gold Medal Award. He received the medal for his contribution to Recruit Intake 15 training in Gurkha Company Catterick and for raising thousands of pounds towards the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. The award ceremony took place on 10 Mar 16 in The Fishmongers’ Company Hall, Central London. The Fishmongers’ Company is one of the oldest City Guilds, with a rich history that expands over 700 years.
The Gold Medals were presented by the Prime Warden to the outstanding performers from various Arms and Services affiliated with the The Fishmonger’s: The Brigade of Gurkhas, The Royal Navy units and The Parachute Regiment. The Prime Warden presented five gold medals to this year’s winners.
The event commenced with a guided tour of the Hall followed by pre-lunch drinks, medal presentations and then lunch. The presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Philip, and The Princess Royal, HRH Princess Anne, made the event a once in a lifetime opportunity for the medal recipients.
Below is an extract from Cpl Rabin’s citation for the Fishmongers’ Gold Medal Award:
“Corporal Rabin Koyee Rai exemplifies the finest traditions of the Brigade of Gurkhas and the Queen’s Gurkha Signals. Selfless, loyal and compassionate, he is a shinning example to the Trainee Riflemen that he instructs….In response to the tragic earthquakes in Nepal last year, Cpl Rabin was a leading member in organising the ITC Bolton Castle Charity Dinner. This event raised £10,000 for Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. After the success of this event, Cpl Rabin took the lead in organising another Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund charity dinner, raising a further £ 1,500. He then took the lead for ‘enduring charity collection’ to support the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. This fund has already reached £2,000 and continues to go up. He competed in ‘Race the Sun’ – the Royal Corps of Signals relay competition. He helped secure 4th place out of 26 Unit teams. He competed in The Army Orienteering League (MLN) and successfully secured the Major Unit Winner trophy. He has shone brightly within the fiercely competitive multi-cap badge environment in Gurkha Company Catterick. For that he must be commended and rewarded.”