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Parklane ‘Give a Gift’ to Cumbria: Presents delivered for a late Christmas surprise

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PRESENTS: Gifts were wrapped and delivered to victims of the floods just in time for Christmas

PRESENTS: Gifts were wrapped and delivered to victims of the floods just in time for Christmas

They may have been better equipped with a boat than Santa’s sleigh when it came to delivering presents this Christmas, yet a charitable group of volunteers from Leeds would not let flood waters stand in their way of bringing festive joy to Cumbria.

Following the torrential downpour of Storm Desmond, members of the Give a Gift initiative joined forces with The Parklane Group to donate and deliver over £10,000 worth of gifts and aid to victims of the floods.

For the past three years the two organisations have been working together to support various community projects and charity initiatives across the UK.

On Christmas Eve, their focus was switched to the major clean-up operation in Cumbria where families were forced to go without necessities over the holidays.

Via the donations from the Parklane Group and other organisations, the Give a Gift initiative provided communities with much needed goods and provisions.  

GIFT GIVING: Volunteers took a truck load of gifts and aid to Cumbria over the Christmas holidays

GIFT GIVING: Volunteers took a truck load of gifts and aid to Cumbria over the Christmas holidays

Managing Director of Parklane Properties, Naveen Ahmed, said “We were devastated to see the effects of the storm in Cumbria and once we knew that Hamara was planning to visit the area on Christmas Eve, we immediately offered our support.

“Hopefully the gifts and financial support will provide some welcome reprieve as the community looks to re-build following the storm.”

Give a Gift was established to give the local Muslim Community a chance to play a wider role within mainstream society.

Raising thousands of pounds every year for local causes - Martin House Children’s Hospice and the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund at the Leeds General Infirmary - volunteers kick-start their charitable efforts each year with the annual Eid gift distribution.

Give a Gift Ambassador, Hanif Malik, hoped the gifts donated to residents in Cumbria would make a difference.

“The damage caused in Cumbria has affected thousands of people, so we welcome the support of any business or individual that has the ability to help,” he said.

“We’d like to thank Naveen and the team at Parklane for offering their support on Christmas Eve with this kind donation. We know it will make a real difference to the communities that need it.”

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Local Muslims dig out wellies and spades to help in relief effort

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INSPIRING: Islamic charities muck-in with the flood clear-up

INSPIRING: Islamic charities muck-in with the flood clear-up

Islamic charities flood in to bring aid to Cumbria

Islamic charities based in West Yorkshire have joined forces with soldiers to provide aid and assistance to the people affected by devastating floods caused by Storm Desmond last week.

During recent weeks, the persistent rainfall has left over 1,400 people homeless in the town of Glenridding.

One rain gauge in Cumbria recorded 341mm of rain in just 24 hours over the weekend, which has beaten the highest –ever recorded English rainfall of 316mm in 2009.

JOINING FORCES: West Yorkshire’s Muslims travel to Cumbria and help the army with the disaster

JOINING FORCES: West Yorkshire’s Muslims travel to Cumbria and help the army with the disaster

Farook Yunus, project manager for Leeds-based youth organisation Kumon Y’all told the Asian Express: “When we heard what had happened in Cumbria, we felt the pain. We said, let’s share in this pain and go and help the flood victims.”

Seventeen volunteers from Kumon Ya’ll organized mini-buses and drove nearly 90 miles from West Yorkshire to Cumbria.

Farook Yunus continued: “We hear and look at [the floods] in the news but when you see it for yourself, you realise the hardship people are going through. We saw houses with 10cm of mud splattered all the way up the walls. It’s amazing the amount of devastation a flood can cause. It may take months and months to put right.”

 VOLUNTEERS: (L-R) Arshad and Imran bi Abu

VOLUNTEERS: (L-R) Arshad and Imran bi Abu

Kumon Y’all were joined in the Lancashire town by Batley-based One Nation. The two groups immediately began their mission to dig up mud and debris from the affected houses in sub-zero temperatures and sheets of rain.

Armed with wellington boots and spades, the volunteers managed to help people in three houses, which was a huge triumph.

HEROIC:Volunteers worked alongside the army in freezing temperatures

HEROIC:Volunteers worked alongside the army in freezing temperatures

Farook said: “We wanted to get our hands dirty and help out physically. We put garbage and debris into trucks and worked hand-in-hand with the army. There are still hundreds of houses left that need our assistance, so we are going back to Cumbria again next weekend.”

Kumon Y’all’s biggest achievement was seeing the smiles on the faces of the families who were caught up in the deluge and working alongside the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regimen.

Lieutenant Peter Coates said: “Everybody just got involved and got on with it in conditions which were far from ideal. A lot of people will be satisfied by donating money, but these guys have voluntarily given up their weekend to travel some distance […] and that says an awful lot about them and their characters.”

Farook added: “Whatever the problem may be, whatever religion or ethnicity you are, we can all come together and co-operate. I would especially like to thank the people of the Salafia Mosque in Huddersfield and the Zakariyya Mosque in Batley.”

If this story has affected you and you would like would like to help the Kumon Y’all, you can contact them via their twitter: www.twitter.com/KumonYall or email enquiries@kumonyall.co.uk

MUDDY: The perilous conditions did not deter the volunteers

MUDDY: The perilous conditions did not deter the volunteers

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Storm Desmond is no match for Amir Khan

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BRUTE FORCE: Khan tackles the storm-damaged household items

BRUTE FORCE: Khan tackles the storm-damaged household items

Boxer fights through the rain to help local families in flooded Cumbrian village

On Saturday 12th December, World Champion boxer Amir Khan and the Amir Khan Foundation, alongside international charity Penny Appeal, showed practical support and morale to the victims of the recent flooding disaster in Cumbria.

Amir waded through the beleaguered streets of Carlisle, witnessing the devastation of the floods at first-hand and providing physical support by helping to move residents’ furniture and household items that had been destroyed in Storm Desmond.

Penny Appeal, a humanitarian charity from the UK which helps poor and needy people around the world, organised a solidarity day at the local Greystone Community Centre, where Amir Khan served hot meals to locals and handed out some early festive presents to young children from the flood-hit area.

CHARITABLE: Khan helps people from the Penny Appeal with boxes of charity goods

CHARITABLE: Khan helps people from the Penny Appeal with boxes of charity goods

Graham Weber, Greystone Community Centre Manager, said: “Having an icon like Amir Khan here has given the people of Carlisle a real lift – and it’s come at just the right time as many homes are still without electricity and gas. The volunteers have been just as brilliant and I can’t thank everybody involved enough.”

After offering support at the centre, Amir went back on to the streets to hand-deliver food parcels and hot dinners to the elderly and those isolated at home.

Amir Khan said: “It was heartbreaking to see just how the floods have destroyed people’s homes, including kitchens, living areas and even things like children's toys. The Amir Khan Foundation wanted to show their support by giving out food and even some new toys to the kids, and remind those affected that they’re not alone in dealing with this crisis.”

HAPPINESS: An advent calendar and a hug from the boxer puts a smile on this child’s face after a very wet and troubled month in Cumbria

HAPPINESS: An advent calendar and a hug from the boxer puts a smile on this child’s face after a very wet and troubled month in Cumbria

Aamer Naeem, Penny Appeal CEO, added: “The UK community always gives generously when disasters strike overseas, but we recognise that people at home need help too. That’s why Penny Appeal is proud to be carrying out essential work in the UK and we’re also delighted that we can safely facilitate our network of volunteers who want to get more involved.”

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