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Solidarity: Community champion rallies over 200 people in Bradford graveyard clean up

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EXEMPLARY: Adil Shaan (left) urges young people to join in positive voluntary actions, pictured here with his colleague Isran Akhtar and in the background Suria Nawaz and her children Muhammad, Ahmad and Aminah

EXEMPLARY: Adil Shaan (left) urges young people to join in positive voluntary actions, pictured here with his colleague Isran Akhtar and in the background Suria Nawaz and her children Muhammad, Ahmad and Aminah

 

“Kullu Nafsin Zaiqatul Maut” (every soul shall taste death)”

In an amazing show of solidarity, over 200 people gave up their Sunday to join forces in a major clean up of one of Bradford’s largest graveyards.

Eager men, women and children equipped with their wellies, gloves, spades and bags descended upon Scholemoor Cemetery in Great Horton, one of 24 cemeteries in the Bradford Metropolitan District.

This was the graveyard’s second major clean-up and took over six hours to rid it from fly tipping mess that had been dumped there. The initiative was organised by voluntary group ‘Friends of the Deceased’ (FOTD).

27-year-old banking complaints manager Adil Shaan, founder of FOTD group, says that he was inspired to keep the graveyard clean and litter-free as his own grandparents are buried at Scholemoor.

Headed up by Adil, volunteers, many of whom don’t even have family members buried there, flocked the site to lend a helping hand. They ended up filling an entire skip and over 50 large bags of refuse.

“My social media post went viral last year after I called out for people to come and assist with tidying up the cemetery for the first time,” explains Heaton-man Adil.

“It’s been such an eye-opener.

There are so many good-hearted people around who are willing to give up some hours for selfless labour, all you have to do is ask.”

As well as rallying up support through Facebook again this year, which was shared widely by friends and family, Adil and his friends had posters and flyers made which were put up in businesses and community centres across Bradford.

The group saw many local businesses generously donating gardening tools, gloves, bags and refreshments for those toiling away on the day.

Adil reminisces that last year when the first ever clean up started, the late much-loved 33-year charity worker and humanitarian Syed Sharaz Ali Shah - fondly known as Shah Gee took part.

Shah Gee suffered from breathing problems and died during a major operation on his heart at Leeds General Infirmary in September last year.

“Now Shah Gee is buried on the same site he was cleaning,” says Adil sadly. It’s heart-breaking when you look back and remember.

“Friends Of Shah Gee all attended this years clean up too.”

Adil says that he hopes to inspire young people. “’Be part of something different that has never been done before.

“’Kullu Nafsin Zaiqatul Maut’ (every soul shall taste death).

“A lot of us will only be able to donate a relatively small amount of time at each clean up, but it is important to see the bigger picture you are contributing to.

“Powerful work is made up of thousands of actions from a number of people who come together.

“I would ask young people to volunteer their free time and give time to any projects that helps the local community.

“Myself starting from young age of volunteering,  it is very rewarding, you feel good about yourself and most importantly seeing changes that you made in your local community makes you proud.”

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Keighley’s clean for the Queen: MP joins local volunteers in park clean up

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HARD AT WORK: Keighley ‘Clean for the Queen’ volunteers last Saturday morning

HARD AT WORK: Keighley ‘Clean for the Queen’ volunteers last Saturday morning

Local MP Kris Hopkins led a small team of local volunteers in a clean-up of Devonshire Park in Keighley on Saturday morning, one of numerous ‘Clean for The Queen’ tidy-up events taking place across the country last weekend.

More than a million people are thought to have been out and about clearing up the places where they live to help celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in April.

The campaign - backed by organisations including the Women’s Institute, the National Trust and the RSPB, as well as businesses including McDonald’s, Costa, Greggs, KFC and Wrigley and anti-litter charities such as Keep Britain Tidy and the Campaign to Protect Rural England - was the biggest community-led clean-up the country has ever seen.

Mr Hopkins said: “I am grateful to everyone who gave up their Saturday morning to ‘Clean for The Queen’.

CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN: Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins (back row, third from right) with ‘Clean for the Queen’ volunteers in Devonshire Park

CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN: Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins (back row, third from right) with ‘Clean for the Queen’ volunteers in Devonshire Park

“It was much more challenging than we imagined because of the amount of rubbish that we found and, as always, I would encourage people to be responsible with their litter and either bin it or take it home.

“However, it was good to be able to do our bit to get a local spring clean underway in advance of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday next month.”

‘Clean for The Queen’ campaign director Adrian Evans said: “On behalf of the campaign, I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Kris and the other Keighley volunteers for supporting ‘Clean for The Queen.’

“They have been part of a campaign that has seen a million people stepping out of their front doors to make a difference to the way places look in every corner of the UK.”

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Community Cleanup

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Spring cleaning arrived a little later than expected in Leeds last week, as the city’s streets were given a tidy-up as part of a community-building project.

The Richmond Hill Community Centre was the meet point for volunteers from local homes, businesses and the council on Monday, as the team headed to the streets for a day of team cleaning.

As well as picking up litter and tidying fly-tip zones, the team went door-to-door to speak with residents about the best way to dispose of waste properly and what implications may arise if they don’t.

     CLEANERS: The community came together last week to help clean the streets and hand out information to residents about the correct way of disposing waste

CLEANERS: The community came together last week to help clean the streets and hand out information to residents about the correct way of disposing waste

An information pack was also put together by the Area Support team to reinforce the message and was posted through the doors of residents who were not home.

Litter pickers, gloves, bags and even a footpath sweeper were all utilised in the day-long clean up on Kitson Street, Dent Street, Oxley Street and Clark Lane.

Cllr Asghar Khan, Burmantofts and Richmond Hill, helped orchestrate the day and said it was great to see the community coming together.

“The general appearance of an area is really important, not just for morale of local residents but a clean and tidy community also creates a fantastic impression of an area for people travelling through it,” he said.

“That is why the focus of this particular event was on tidying some of the area’s back streets, to make them look and feel better.”

He added: “This event is a great example of the council and its partners working with residents to identify important issues like the appearance of the local environment.

“It also presents the opportunity to work closely with local residents to identify other issues that are important to them, like garden maintenance.”

Four skips were almost filled on the day whilst a police presence was also on hand to carry out some community confidence activity around the promotion of 101.

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