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Eid gift distribution: Taking toys to the ward

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GIVING PROJECT: The generous team visited the BRI last week to deliver gifts, Pictured: front, Maryam Khan; Left-Right; Wajid Khan; Hayley Collis; Alison Kay; Nazim Ali; Safah Khan; and Monib Khan

GIVING PROJECT: The generous team visited the BRI last week to deliver gifts, Pictured: front, Maryam Khan; Left-Right; Wajid Khan; Hayley Collis; Alison Kay; Nazim Ali; Safah Khan; and Monib Khan

A Bradford man, who was treated in hospital as a child for Tuberculosis, has completed his latest gift distribution at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Nazim Ali was accompanied by staff and children from W-Childcare to deliver gifts over Eid to the children’s ward for the fourth year running.

A dedicated charity supporter, the local humanitarian has raised tens-of-thousands of pounds for a plethora of causes over the years, coinciding with regular ‘drop-offs’ of presents for BRI’s youngest patients.

MISSION COMPLETE: Nazim is pictured with Monib Khan and Safah Khan with their ‘Bradford Hospitals Certificates of Appreciation’

MISSION COMPLETE: Nazim is pictured with Monib Khan and Safah Khan with their ‘Bradford Hospitals Certificates of Appreciation’

With plans to continue carrying out the project for the foreseeable future, Nazim explained what motivated him to continue with the selfless work.

“As a child I was treated in hospital and I know all too well how, at times, you feel lonely and miss being at home with your family and playing with your friends,” he said.

“I am thankful that, with the amazing care of the BRI Childrens Ward, I made a full recovery and this annual Eid Gifts Initiative is a means for me to give something back and appreciate what I have that much more.

“This is the very reason every Eid I organise the Eid gifts initiative and W-Childcare will endeavour to repeat this initiative for many years to come.”

Over 40 gifts were distributed by the team in total, ranging from large teddy bears, children's DVDs, play sets, sports equipment (cricket sets), and baby toys.

Wajid Khan, director at W-Childcare, was also in attendance during the latest visit.

He said: “Our children were ever- so-keen from previous visits and jumped at the chance to present the Eid Gifts to their peers.

“To this end, four-year-old Maryam Khan accompanied us in purchasing and selecting the toys. I am ever so proud of their kind and thoughtful natures which is part of the process of their personal and social development , so that they become upstanding citizens in the future.”

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Children in N-Eid: The Give a Gift Ramadan Toy Appeal returns

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TOYS FOR ALL: The Toy Appeal was set up to promote the supporting of local charities for Muslims in Eid

TOYS FOR ALL: The Toy Appeal was set up to promote the supporting of local charities for Muslims in Eid

Over the past three years, a team of Muslim volunteers and their multi-faith partners  have delivered thousands of gifts to some of Leeds' most vulnerable children, sharing their Eid celebrations with families of all faiths.

This year, with Ramadan in full swing, the great Toy Appeal has returned once again with the Give a Gift team hopeful of smashing all records in donations this year.

Growing from 500 toys in 2014, to 700 in 2015 and 900 the next year, those behind the appeal are optimistic of topping the four-figure donations this time around but need your supports.

Rifhat Malik, Give a Gift Ambassador, said: “Every year we deliver hundreds of brand new toys to children in Leeds who have to spend Eid in hospital or care and this year we are extending our reach to some of Leeds’ newest residents.

“We are hopeful of reaching 1,000 toys this year but need the publics’ help once again to reach this figure.

“The support has been amazing in recent times and I know we can do this for the kids.”

In past years the toy distribution has been shared between Martin house Children’s Hospice and the Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

TEAM EFFORT: After the toys are donated, they are then distributed to children by the army of Give a Gift Ambassadors

TEAM EFFORT: After the toys are donated, they are then distributed to children by the army of Give a Gift Ambassadors

This Eid, the Give a Gift team have decided to include asylum seeking families on their distribution list as they aim to ensure every child in need receives some sort of gift.

Fellow Give a Gift ambassador, Habib Khan, has been involved with the project since day one.

He said: “The concept is simple - throughout Ramadan we collect toys and gifts and on Eid, our team of Ambassadors will distribute them to the children in the Hospital, Hospice and the children from Asylum seeking families.

“For the toy appeal to have reached the size of which it is today shows the true spirit of Islam and our Eid message.”

The Give a Gift initiative was set up in 2014 as a way of encouraging the local Muslim community to get involved with local causes.

Since its introduction, tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for charity through various fundraisers, whilst £70,000 has already been pledged in 2016.

If you would like to donate a toy to the Big Toy Appeal this year, please email info@giveagift.org.uk or call, 07734 882116.

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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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Bringing a smile to children in hospital

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PRESENTS: The Auto Prestige team delivered gifts to Bradford Royal Infirmary’s children’s ward (pictured l-r) Arshad, Richard, Terri, Cath Piggott (hospital play specialist), and Kez

PRESENTS: The Auto Prestige team delivered gifts to Bradford Royal Infirmary’s children’s ward (pictured l-r) Arshad, Richard, Terri, Cath Piggott (hospital play specialist), and Kez

Gift donation is the ‘right thing to do’ for local business

Spending Christmas in hospital is hard for any child, yet for young patients at one Bradford hospital, there are now at least some new gadgets to enjoy this festive season.

On Thursday 15th December, a team of generous gift givers pulled up outside the Bradford Royal Infirmary armed with gifts and treats for kids on Ward 17.

Donated from the Bradford-based Auto Prestige team, a number of Nintendo DS consoles and portable DVD players were handed over to the ward, alongside a host of toys, books and selection boxes.

Auto Prestige owner, Arshad Mahmood, was joined by four other representatives from the business on the day for the handover and described the work as ‘the right thing to do’.

“We don’t do this kind of work for anything other than to give back to the community...” he said.

“This year, we asked the ward exactly what the children would want and that is why we have brought down the DVD players and Nintendos.

“Hopefully it will help give the kids something to smile about and they can enjoy themselves whilst in hospital.”

GIFTS: Alongside the toys and gadgets, books were also donated to the hospital last week

GIFTS: Alongside the toys and gadgets, books were also donated to the hospital last week

As well as the thoughtful presents, the Auto Prestige team also made a monetary donation to the Phab charity which supports children and adults with and without disabilities to make more of their lives.

Cath Piggott, Hospital Play Specialist at the BRI, thanked the team for their support.

“It’s absolutely wonderful to see these donations come in today,” she said. “The toys and DVD players will be used in the playroom and at the bedside meaning children will be able to play and be entertained whilst in bed.

“We really do appreciate the generosity of groups like this, especially at this time of year.”

It is not the first time Auto Prestige have donated gifts during the holiday seasons. Rrevious efforts have included handing over a bounty-load of chocolate treats to the Salvation Army during Easter this year.

 

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