Gale force winds battered the country last week and caused devastation to a number of local buildings and properties.
In Leeds, a woman was blown off her feet and required 15 stitches in her head, whilst the Leeds Grand Mosque suffered substantial damage as the roof was literally blown away.
Insurance will cover the cost of replacing the roof with an identical copy yet to ensure no such incident occurs again, the buildings occupants are appealing for help in building a new, state-of-the-art ceiling.
The roof was completely destroyed by the extreme weather conditions with firefighters called to the scene as the area was cordoned off due to fallen debris.
The main prayer hall at the premises on Woodsley Road was also closed after suffering water damage following the destruction of glass panels in the ceiling.
More than 2,500 people can be accommodated in the building at any one time and office manager, Bilal Salameh, explained how the local community has rallied around to help with the restoration.
A spokesperson for the mosque issued the following statement last week following the incident: “Due to the recent gale force winds that have swept the country, the Leeds Grand Mosque has suffered substantial damage to its roof this morning (5th December).
“The mosque currently has little protection from the weather and is suffering severely from many leaks throughout the mosque and thus is only partially operational at this moment. The water is currently leaking heavily in the main hall and the extension on both levels and is causing extensive damage. Some glass panels have already collapsed from the ceiling.
“Our builders are currently estimating the cost of the damage will run into tens of thousands of pounds. The mosque urgently needs your…donations and is launching an emergency appeal to help at this critical time.”
A temporary cover is currently in place on top of the building yet with the unpredictable weather in the winter months, construction of a new permanent roof is critical.
If you would like to make a donation to the appeal please visit www.leedsgrandmosque.com to find the best way for you to donate.