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A Muslim youth charity which helped to raise thousands of pounds for the Poppy Appeal was commended by the Royal British Legion in their Annual Awards Ceremony last week.

Hartlepool and Newcastle chapters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) won “Commendation” awards for their efforts at the Gateshead event.

FUNDRAISERS: Members of AMYA collected tens of thousands of pounds by selling poppies up and down the country

FUNDRAISERS: Members of AMYA collected tens of thousands of pounds by selling poppies up and down the country

Young Muslims, from the two northern areas, had joined their AMYA counterparts around the country and helped collectively raised more than £50,000 for the Poppy Appeal.

The awards to AMYA Hartlepool and Newcastle chapters were presented by the deputy Lieutenant of County Durham, Miss Miriam Harte and The Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mr Nigel Sherlock OBE respectively.

Speaking on the occasion, National representative of AMYA, Mr Wadood Daud, thanked the Royal British Legion for their support and commended the groups’ efforts in raising such a ‘great total’.

“Our spiritual leader and the world-wide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has always reminded us that service to mankind, is both our religious and social responsibility,” he said.

“We hope that all of us coming together to help those who have served this great country sends a positive sign of peace and harmony.

“The founder of our community has written the following: ‘My desire, my wish and my objective is serving humanity. It's my job, my faith, my inspiration and my way’.

COMMENDED: AMYA representatives were given special praise at an awards ceremony last week by members of the Royal British Legion

COMMENDED: AMYA representatives were given special praise at an awards ceremony last week by members of the Royal British Legion

“We are humbled in representing the British Muslims who are helping our servicemen and their families.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association is currently organising various events to support 20 charities including the Royal British Legion.

More information about the events can be found at www.mercy4mankind.org or on Twitter via @AMYA_Humanity

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A team of Yorkshire volunteers headed south last weekend to help tackle the rising flood waters which have left many parts of England submerged.

Members of the Yorkshire branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) joined up with fellow flood relief volunteers to provide support for those affected by the recent downpours.

Throughout recent weeks, harsh weather conditions have caused severe damage to properties across the country yet support has begun to arrive from an array of backgrounds.

TEAM: Volunteers worked alongside army personnel to create sandbags as flood defences, and donated blankets

TEAM: Volunteers worked alongside army personnel to create sandbags as flood defences, and donated blankets

Diverse faith groups, ethnicities and races have united to help those affected and are working side-by-side in affected villages across the UK.

Sikh members of Khalsa Aid and volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association joined local community groups to wade through the mud and water and lay sandbags in Worcester.

Dr. Aziz Hafiz, a national AMYA disaster and relief co-ordinator from Bingley, said: “Several hundred volunteers have taken time off work to travel hundreds of miles to assist with relief efforts.

“I can't describe how touched we have all been by the warmth of the communities and people we have assisted. We are proud to be able to work alongside other faith groups and the army.”

UNITED: Volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association were invited to pray inside the Christian St Paul’s Church during their work in Staines

UNITED: Volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association were invited to pray inside the Christian St Paul’s Church during their work in Staines

Commenting on the work of the volunteers Kevin Purcell, Policing superintendent for North Worcestershire, added: “[It is a] very generous gesture by the AMYA, donating large number of blankets to troops on flood effort in Worcester.

“Your gift and the significance it bears is noted, with troops, police and the community truly appreciative. My words may be kind, they are just words, your action and deeds are so much more.”

Earlier in the week soldiers, members of a local Church and volunteers from the AMYA worked tirelessly to clear and fortify St. Paul’s Church in Staines.

In a sign of public unity, members of the Christian community later invited AMYA volunteers to say their congregational prayers in the same church.

RESCUE: Some people required assistance to get out of their homes as the water level rose

RESCUE: Some people required assistance to get out of their homes as the water level rose

On Friday a group of volunteers from the same Muslim group worked with the local community to prepare St. Peter's Church in Chertsey so that a local wedding could go ahead.

Cllr Shannon Saise-Marshall, Councillor at Runnymede, Chertsey, added: “I'm here at the Runnymede Council... and we are publicly thanking Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth for all their generous help. They are true heroes rolling up their sleeves and getting on with the job.”

Volunteers have been based in Surrey, Berkshire, Middlesex, Dorset, Somerset, the Midlands, and North West England. The AMYA is operating a 24 hour rota with a central team surveying the hardest hit areas and deploying volunteers, 4x4 vehicles and supplies wherever there is a need, with the elderly, churches and schools being prioritised.

Any community in need of assistance can find details of how to contact AMYA at www.muslimsforhumanity.org.uk whilst donations towards the ongoing AMYA UK flood relief efforts can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/flood-relief2014 or by texting AMYA56 £5 to 70070 (texts will automatically donate £5).

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