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Bilal Hussain (left) and Abdul Iftikhar (right) celebrate reaching the highest peak in Britain

Bilal Hussain (left) and Abdul Iftikhar (right) celebrate reaching the highest peak in Britain

 

Ifty and Bilal climb Ben Nevis and raise over £4000 for Bradford homeless kitchen

A group of enthusiastic fundraisers decided that it'd be really great fun to do a challenging cardio putting their legs into overtime by climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland.

Abdul Iftikhar, fondly called Ifty and Bilal Hussain decided to get some much-needed funds in for the homeless in Yorkshire.

ADVENTUROUS: Ifty and Bilal along with the team camped at the base of the mountain

ADVENTUROUS: Ifty and Bilal along with the team camped at the base of the mountain

 

Ifty, of Kamrans Solicitors, who has previously sat in the top one per cent of fundraisers recognised by JustGiving. He was moved by the dedication of the volunteers at Bradford Community Kitchen, a local community organisation which feeds and offers emotional and practical support to homeless and vulnerable people.

Bradford Community Kitchen headed by Abdul Satar, Leslie Semmens, Anne Marie Higgins and Sabrina Mustafa, do a big feed every Sunday 3pm-5pm at the Millside Centre based on Grattan Road. They currently provide food and hot drinks to one hundred people a week.

CHEQUE PLEASE: Abdul Iftikhar and Bilal Hussain with the rest of the team presented the charity funds raised to a very grateful Leslie Semmens and Abdul Satar

CHEQUE PLEASE: Abdul Iftikhar and Bilal Hussain with the rest of the team presented the charity funds raised to a very grateful Leslie Semmens and Abdul Satar

 

"We have seen the invaluable work that the volunteers at the community kitchen undertake week in and week out," says Ifty.

"It is a real shame that in this day and age people are reliant upon such services. This demonstrates that the Government's socioeconomic policies are failing the inner cities, particularly in the North of the country.

"The Bradford Community Kitchen has volunteers from different backgrounds, who are doing a splendid job and the organisation has a 100% donation policy."

With Bilal responsible for all the logistics for the Ben Nevis climb, the fundraisers set themselves a target of raising £3,000 in just two weeks.

Of course, with the likes of Ifty in the team, who in December last year climbed Mount Snowden in Wales raising £7,585 for a Leeds children's cancer support charity, they managed to smash the £3000 goal raising a final total of £4,128.29.

Ifty had high praise for Gotyasize Boxercise Fighting Fit Club, at the Girlington Community Centre in Bradford, as an organisation that keeps people of all ages off the streets and occupied in fitness.

"Bilal Hussain has been running this community gym for over ten years with no financial support from local authorities.

"It is supported by sponsors including Kamrans Solicitors, Rajas, Pakistan Catering, Move Up properties and Quote Us Financial Services."

Kamrans Solicitors in Leeds sponsors the Bradford Community Kitchen on a monthly basis along with a number of other local organisations including the Millside Centre, Rajas of Great Horton Road, Pakistan Catering of Beckside Road, Regal Food Products Plc, Icestone Gelatos, Shalimar Catering, Sweet Centre on Lumb Lane, Sunrise Catering, Good and Co Solicitors amongst others.

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Ten years of Outreach: Awards night commends community champions

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WINNER: Mohammed Sharif was presented with the ‘Superman Award’ for his mountain climbing exploits, pictured here on top of the 3,482m high Mulhacén in Spain

WINNER: Mohammed Sharif was presented with the ‘Superman Award’ for his mountain climbing exploits, pictured here on top of the 3,482m high Mulhacén in Spain

People across Yorkshire and Lancashire have been celebrating the tenth anniversary of an inspirational education and outreach project based in the Yorkshire Dales with their first awards night.

‘The People and the DALES’ project is run by local charity, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), and provides life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged people to experience the health and well-being benefits of spending time outdoors in the countryside

Since 2005, more than 7,600 people have enjoyed 587 events in the Yorkshire Dales countryside, including nature discovery walks, farm visits, conservation work and crafts.

An event was held at the Great Victoria hotel in the centre of Bradford to celebrate the landmark anniversary of People and the DALES and the achievements of the project so far.

Amongst the winners on the night was Mohammed Sharif from the Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support Unit of the NHS, who was presented the ‘Superman Award’.

TEAM: The People and the DALES award winners

TEAM: The People and the DALES award winners

The tireless trekker was chosen for his ‘super-human’ efforts scaling hills and mountains across the UK and in Europe, following his introduction to Ingleborough through People and the DALES.

Meanwhile, Kamran Yunis was handed the ‘New Communities’ award for his dedicated work, reaching out to a wide range of community groups across Bradford by sharing what he has learnt through People and the DALES to motivate and inspire others.

Dave Tayler, YDMT Deputy Director, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us reach this fantastic milestone of ten amazing years of People and the DALES.

“At the celebration event we heard some emotional stories, shed a few tears and had a lot of laughs...it was an inspirational day spent with some great friends.

“We also looked ahead to the future and exciting plans to develop this work in new areas to help support many more disadvantaged people.”

The celebration was attended by many of the inspirational people that have helped make the project a success, and some of the people whose lives have been influenced by this work.

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