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Mercy for mankind: Youngsters aim to surpass £500,000 fundraising effort

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The largest youth organisation in Britain with some 700 members, some as young as five-years-old, took part in a £500,000 fundraising effort.

Members of the AMYA from Bradford as well youth from all across the country held its 'Mercy for Mankind' Charity Challenge on Saturday 19th August in Fitz Park, Keswick.

This year welcomes the 33rd Charity Challenge, which first began in 1985. The group says that the purpose of all these activities is to engender the spirit of discipline and service to the wider community irrespective of people’s beliefs, race, or gender.

Their motto ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’ underpins this ethos.

Since its inception AMYA has raised in excess of £2 million for UK charities. The event is generally hosted in a different location each year, with previous locations including the Tower of London, Hyde Park, Battersea Park, Hampshire and the Yorkshire Dales.

UK charities to benefit from the fundraising include The Royal British Legion, Save the Children, NSPCC, Barnardos, CLIC Sargent, UNICEF, British Red Cross, Cumbria Community Foundation and others.

Wadood Daud, Regional youth leader for North East said: “We raise hundreds of thousands of pounds every year for British charities. This year again, many of us are travelling to the Lake for the Mercy for Mankind Charity Challenge to raise funds for the most needy in our society without any distinction of faith, colour or creed.”

"The annual charity challenge is the highlight of the year. This year the half marathon in the Lake District was fantastic, a proper challenge in a lovely part of the world! And all that whilst raising thousands of for British charities- its really is one of the best annual events for me,” commented Qasim Amini.

Nasrullah Saeed said: "During the charity challenge, a lady asked me what was taking place and when I told here about the charity walk she donated some money and she thanked me as well for taking part.

“She already knew about our youth organisation because of our flood relief work last year and she was also very happy to see us again. I really enjoyed the positive and welcoming atmosphere."

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Return of the Ramadan Runner: Bradford man completes fourth 10K run whilst fasting for 18-hours

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Fundraising hero Nazim Ali slam-dunked it again this year for the Jane Tomlinson ‘Run For All Hull 10K’ – all under the hot sun at 28 degrees and all whilst fasting.

The Hull 10K marked it’s eighth year on Sunday 18th June, with a record number of 5000 runners braving the sun –baked-day. Nazim, who Asian Express have fondly given the title of ‘Ramadan Runner’, completed the gruelling run in just one hour and 17 seconds to complete.

A minute's silence was held for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy prior to the race, which created a real sombre community feel for everyone running.

Enjoying the scenic route, participants ran past some of Hull's iconic landmarks landmarks such as Guildhall, Victoria Park, the Deep (aquarium) and reached the finish line on Whitefriargate.

Nazim spoke highly of the Hull, the UK City of Culture 2017: “There was a wonderful carnival atmosphere with people lining the streets encouraging the runners on and the thoughtful residents were even using their hoses to cool the runners down, I just hope their water bills are not too high!”

“Different faith groups and ethnicities came together to collectively show their respect for the victims and the bravery of our emergency services.

But Nazim admits that this year’s run has been the most difficult to date.

“Fasting whilst doing a 10K run really was a gruelling challenge for the body, and never have I craved water as much as I did during and after the race,” confesses Nazim.

“In 2014 and 2015 I ran the Leeds 10K and the following year the Gateshead 10K but this was by far the hardest.

“There wasn't much shade on the route which meant the heat was zapping your energy levels and I still had eleven hours after I completed the run before I opened my fast which meant no access to water or drink.”

“I literally had to dig deep into my soul to complete the run and the wonderful crowd kept encouraging me – cheering me on - bless them.”

This was the Bradford careers officers fourth consecutive year completing a 10k during Ramadan and Nazim has raised over an epic £34,000. Over the last eleven years Nazim has done huge amounts of charity work and volunteering, raising almost £115,000 for both local and global causes.

 

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A despicable crime: Heartless thieves steal fundraising money for disabled daughter’s care

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24 HOUR CARE: After a home invasion, Amelia ‘s lifeline has been taken away from her

24 HOUR CARE: After a home invasion, Amelia ‘s lifeline has been taken away from her

An emotional mum from Wakefield says she is ‘afraid to leave her home’ after heartless thieves stole charity fundraising money for her disabled daughter’s care, in a burglary last month.

On 21st November, Shabnam Nazim returned to her address, on Pinders Heath, to find her patio door smashed through and the house in complete disarray.

“They completely trashed the house,” she told the Asian Express.

“My daughter Amelia’s sensory bubble tube was broken, as was her bath-seat and other essential care equipment.”

Six-year-old Amelia has cerebral palsy and an incurable intestinal condition which means that her mother looks after her around the clock.

“The intruders stole a lifeline from Amelia when they raided her fundraising money for Martin House Hospice,” Shabnam added.

EXTRA SECURITY: Shabnam wants to install CCTV cameras and feels frightened in her own home

EXTRA SECURITY: Shabnam wants to install CCTV cameras and feels frightened in her own home

Shabnam had left the house about 2pm in the afternoon to take her daughter to the hospice.

Upon her return, the house had been ransacked, with jewellery worth tens of thousands of pounds stolen, as well as £5,000 in cash for Amelia’s care.

Describing the incident, she said: “My sister resides with me at the moment to support me with Amelia. She went to do a school run as well that day. Her little girls go to the mosque and she went to drop them off at 5pm.

“At 6.45pm she left to collect the girls and when she got back at 7.15pm, she pulled up at the drive and saw two men stood in the doorway.

“The lights were on and a blue BMW was parked outside our house so she called the police straight away.”

Shabnam says it was then that the car began beeping its horn to warn the intruders and her sister ‘clicked’ that the car was connected to the crime.

“The car sped off before my sister could take a picture of the registration plate,” Shabnam continued. “The intruders escaped from the patio door at the back where they’d broken a window panel.

“There was glass everywhere in the dining room. They ran through the neighbours’ garden and ran around the cul-de-sac and got picked up.

“They raided my safe which contained a lot of fundraising money for Amelia and a substantial amount of jewellery and dowry that I got for my wedding. They’re sentimental things that are priceless to me.

“They also took jewellery I got as a child and a necklace that Amelia’s granddad bought her when she was born, and he has now passed away.

“They trashed my wardrobe and my bed is broken. Amelia’s bath seat was in pieces. They knocked the bookshelf over and took my documents and broke the desk. I’m completely devastated. I can’t believe what’s happened.”

Detectives in Wakefield have described the suspects as three men dressed in dark clothing, with one driving a royal blue BMW. 

Detective Constable Chris O'Brien, of Wakefield CID, said: “This was a frightening ordeal for the home owner to return home and find two people in her house who then fled with a number of sentimental items. 

“The money stolen from the safe was raised to go towards her daughter's ongoing medical care - this is deeply upsetting for the family. 

“I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area, saw anyone matching the above descriptions or the blue BMW to come forward and contact myself via 101 quoting crime reference 13160699005.”

Shabnam is determined to raise more money so that Amelia's therapy can continue. For more information on Shabnam's fundraising appeal, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amelia-nazir

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Fundraising strangers: Communities unite in face of adversity

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GRIEVING: As the community continues to mourn the loss of Asad Khan, a fundraising page has been set up in hope of helping the family

GRIEVING: As the community continues to mourn the loss of Asad Khan, a fundraising page has been set up in hope of helping the family

Shareen Jahangir may not personally know Asad Khan or his family, yet that did not stop the kind-hearted humanitarian from Coventry on her mission to lend a helping hand.

The generous fundraiser has, to date, raised over £1,000 for the family through her Just Giving page as she aims to emulate the success of previously publicised appeals including that of mugging victim Alan Barnes - who was helped by the kindness of strangers online in 2015.

She said: “They raised £330,000 for [Alan] because he got robbed. Putting that aside, I don’t know how they are financially but they live in a back to back house, it said on the news.

“I have also seen on Facebook that the council have offered them a new home because the family can’t live in the same house where their son died.

“The family don’t need financial stress on top of their heartbreak. Whether they have money worries or not, I’m not in the position to say. However, they may want to use the money to buy a new home and I just want to help.”

You can donate to the fund by visiting: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/shareen-jahangir

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All 5MILES for fundraising run: Thousands raised for local children’s hospices

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MEMORY: Fundraisers took part in a five mile run or walk in aid of the Martin House and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospices, in memory of Arslan Aslam

MEMORY: Fundraisers took part in a five mile run or walk in aid of the Martin House and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospices, in memory of Arslan Aslam

Family and friends of a teenager, who sadly passed away in hospital earlier this year, have raised thousands of pounds in his memory for two local causes.

16-year-old Arslan Aslam, from Ravensthorpe, suffered from muscular dystrophy and died five days after undergoing surgery, to allow him to sit up straight, at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

On Saturday 26th September, around 30 people gathered to complete a fundraising walk or run, from the family home in Ravensthorpe, to Huddersfield’s Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Raising funds for the hospice, as well as Martin House Children’s Hospice, over £4,000 was collected in total, following a number of fundraising activities in previous weeks.

TEAM: Around 30 people joined in the fundraiser, with local boxers, including Arslan’s brother Rizwan, running the distance

TEAM: Around 30 people joined in the fundraiser, with local boxers, including Arslan’s brother Rizwan, running the distance

Amongst the walkers on the day was Arslan’s father, Mohammed, who along with his wife, Nasreen, and eldest son, Hassan – who also suffers from muscular dystrophy, completed the five mile route in around two hours.

Arslan’s brother, Rizwan, ran the distance with local boxers from across the region, after helping organise the event.

TRIBUTE: Arslan Aslam passed away earlier this year after suffering a cardiac arrest five days after surgery at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

TRIBUTE: Arslan Aslam passed away earlier this year after suffering a cardiac arrest five days after surgery at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Speaking after the walk, Mohammed said he was delighted with the turnout on the day and hoped to repeat the initiative next year.

“We had a row of champions leading us out on the run with boxers from across the region, who knew Arslan, coming down to take part,” he said.

“It was a great effort by everyone who joined in, with the runners completing the route in around 51 minutes and the walkers in just under two hours.

“When we arrived at the finish, staff at the hospice were fantastic with us all and their hospitality was brilliant. To have raised around £4,000 is a great achievement and we hope it can help these two brilliant causes.”

Amongst the donors to the fundraiser was Arslan’s former school, Newsome High School, who collected £700 for the project, whilst Diamond Wood Community Academy also donated funds. Meanwhile, the fundraisers were also joined on the day by Dewsbury MP, Paula Sherriff.

With plans to repeat the run next year, Mohammed is determined to build on last weekend’s success and ensure they can smash their fundraising targets.

FAMILY: Rizwan Aslam was joined by boxers on the day to complete the five mile run in memory of his brother

FAMILY: Rizwan Aslam was joined by boxers on the day to complete the five mile run in memory of his brother

“The event itself was kept relatively small this year which allowed us to make sure everything ran smoothly but next year we are already aiming to make it bigger and better,” he added.

“Hopefully, with the help of sponsors and the community we can raise even more money for Forget Me Not and Martin House.”

Lisa Calvert, Community Fundraiser at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, thanked the family for their support.

“From everyone at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice we want to say a big well done to all of the participants who took part in the sponsored walk and run this past Saturday and a special thank you to everyone who worked so hard to organise the event,” she said.

“We must raise £3.8million each year to continue providing our services and with just six per cent of this coming from government funding, the support of the local community is vital.”

Sarah Tarpey, Community Fundraiser at Martin House Children’s Hospice, added: “Rizwan’s efforts are truly inspiring and we thank him wholeheartedly for his support.

“The Aslam family have been a pleasure to work alongside and we are deeply touched that Rizwan has chosen to remember his brother, Arslan, by raising much-needed funds to support other young people at Martin House.”

If you would like to make a donation towards the family’s efforts, please visit mohammedarslan.aslam.muchloved.com

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‘Team Syria’ return

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GROUP: ‘Team Syria’ from Bradford helped distribute thousands of pounds worth of supplies and aid to Syrian refugees in the Turkish province of Hatay.

GROUP: ‘Team Syria’ from Bradford helped distribute thousands of pounds worth of supplies and aid to Syrian refugees in the Turkish province of Hatay.

Volunteers complete ‘humbling, enriching and emotionally draining’ journey.

A five-strong team from Bradford headed to the Turkish province of Hatay last month as they delivered aid to hundreds of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes in Syria.

Having raised more than £20,000 through fundraising efforts, before embarking on the journey, W-Childcare’s ‘Team Syria’ distributed almost 500 food parcels to those most in need.

GIVING: Asam Mahmood is welcomed by just some of the Syrian children.

GIVING: Asam Mahmood is welcomed by just some of the Syrian children.

Countless winter packs, baby milk, sanitary towels and more than 100 toys were also handed out in the relief efforts over a 14-day period.

Nazim Ali, general secretary of the Naqshbandia Active Development Association (NADA), headed the local group and explained what his first experience of the aid mission.

“Our visit was humbling, enriching and emotionally draining as we provided much needed aid to the externally displaced Syrian refugees,” he said.

“We personally covered our own travel, accommodation and food costs so that 100% of donations reached the needy.

“We visited countless families living in cave-like premises, partially built homes with no doors or windows, in disused factories with electrical wiring everywhere, even families living in an office.

“The winter packs will provide much needed support as the winter is setting in.”

Official figures estimate there are over nine-million refugees in neighbouring Arab countries of which almost one-million are in Turkey alone.

TREAT: Sweets were also handed out to young children with Asif Qureshi (pictured) handing out chocolate.

TREAT: Sweets were also handed out to young children with Asif Qureshi (pictured) handing out chocolate.

Almost 8,000 Syrian refugees have been crossing into Turkey per day however, due to the extreme situation on the ground, this figure has been multiplied recently with masses of Syrian refugees heading into Turkey.

Nazim added: “It is important we do not forget about the externally displaced Syrian refugees who are suffering from the conflict in their country. The humanitarian situation on the ground is getting worse.”

In addition to providing relief packs, ‘Team Syria’ organised a ‘Sports Day’ for 200 children at a free school run by the Turkish Charity for Syrian refugees, Ehli Sunne.

The volunteers purchased sports equipment for the school so that they can have PE lessons, with equipment including footballs, volleyballs, skipping ropes, basketballs and hoops, and frisbees.

‘Team Syria’ will also be financially contributing towards Ehli Sunne’s Free Pharmacy for Syrian refugees, a concept set up to provide further care to people with no medical support.

Asif Qureshi of W-Childcare and the Managing Director of one of the sponsors JK Travel Bradford added: “The abject poverty we witnessed was truly shocking, mothers couldn’t afford baby milk and as a substitute they were mixing water with sugar for their babies.

“We provided much needed baby milk for them. We heard horrifying accounts of the killing of the parents of the children with many children witnessing the gruesome murders and visibly looked traumatised.

“The toys, sweets and chocolates we provided put a smile on the faces of these innocent children which was enriching for us knowing we were the reason for those smiles and the very reason we worked tirelessly in raising vital funds.”

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