Ho-ho-hospital charity: Students from Batley bring festive cheer to young patients on the ward


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BEAUTIFULLY WRAPPED:  Just some of the gifts provided by the students at Madresah Taleemudeen

BEAUTIFULLY WRAPPED: Just some of the gifts provided by the students at Madresah Taleemudeen

With Christmas just around the corner, a group of school students from Batley have been busy spreading the festive joy through an interfaith initiative for their local hospitals.

Kind hearted students from the Madresah Taleemudeen Islamic School have collected money for ‘Kids For Kids’- a project where students raise funds for toys and gifts.

These presents are then handed out to the youngest patients at hospitals near to their school.

On Wednesday 23rd November, pupils visited Dewsbury District Hospital to deliver their gifts before, on Friday 25th November, they ventured to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, to drop off an array of beautifully wrapped presents on the wards.

JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!: One child receives his gift which will no doubt bring a little fun to the long hours spent recovering on the ward

JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!: One child receives his gift which will no doubt bring a little fun to the long hours spent recovering on the ward

Maulana Zakir Daji, Head Teacher at Madresah Taleemudeen, was delighted with the children’s response.

He said: “We feel this act of generosity will help put a smile on the faces of the young innocent children in Dewsbury Hospital and Pinderfields Hospital and offer a glimmer of hope and support during this difficult and daunting time when they are admitted.

“We also feel it enriches the children who study at Madresah to be able to help support local charities, organisations and institutions which offer a great service to us all.”

KIDS FOR KIDS: The students hoped their gifts would put a smile on the faces of the children in hospital

KIDS FOR KIDS: The students hoped their gifts would put a smile on the faces of the children in hospital

The school, on Henry Street, Batley, facilitates Islamic education for its students, yet teachers are also keen to provide programs which try to give back to the wider society they live in.

Mr Daji added: “At a time when there is a lot of negativity in the world, it is a great way to put smiles on the faces of the young children, especially with Christmas around the corner which is supposed to be a time of happiness.

“There is a myth that our community is divided but we aim to dispel that and help build communities together.”

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