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No mission is impossible Dad-of-four raises a whopping £7000 despite two operations

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Principle sponsor Mohammed Zaheer, Jenny Dixon of St Gemma’s Hospice, Parvez Hussain, Councillor Mohammed Rafique and Councillor Arif Hussain

Principle sponsor Mohammed Zaheer, Jenny Dixon of St Gemma’s Hospice, Parvez Hussain, Councillor Mohammed Rafique and Councillor Arif Hussain

 

Just two months after surgery, a father-of-four took on the ‘tallest’ challenge yet” as he ventured up Mount Snowdon for charity.

Parvez Hussain, who has torn up the track doing a number of marathons, 10ks and triathlons in the past, completed the mammoth climb in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice and the Give a Gift initiative.

After suffering a leg injury - which required a minor surgery, and a hernia operation, Parvez had limited time to prepare for his trek but was determined to see through his commitment.

“For many years I have helped UK based charities by fundraising and have tried my very best to raise as much money as possible,” he said.

As well as receiving bundles of support from friends and family, Parvez also got local councillors in his corner, raising a whopping £7087.48.

“This is my record high in fundraising,” comments an elated Parvez.

“My previous record was £6250. Furthermore, and I got an email from JustGiving confirming I’m in the top 3% individual fundraisers for 2016. I’m totally delighted,” he adds.

“I must say a special thank you to everyone who helped me raise this incredible amount of money, and to my principle sponsor – CC Continental Supermarkets.”

Parvez’s funds have been donated to St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds, Martin House Children's Hospice, the Children's Heart Surgery Fund and a local nursery Honeybeez.

Now the avid fundraiser reveals this year he’s hoping to either climb Ben Nevis or go the extra mile by trekking the Great Wall of China for local Leeds-based charities.

Jenny Dixon, Senior Corporate Fundraiser at St Gemma’s Hospice, said: “On behalf of everyone at St Gemma’s I would like to congratulate Parvez on the fantastic achievement of climbing Mount Snowdon and for raising an amazing £4,522.48 towards our patient care.

“It costs £450 per day to care for a patient on our In-Patient Unit and so the money that Parvez has raised will go a long way towards helping local patients and their families during a very difficult time.”

It costs £25,000 every day to run all of the Hospice’s services, with the generous support of the local community helping to make up a large proportion of this.

Praising Parvez, Rifhat Malik of Give a Gift said: “We are extremely grateful to Parvez for his amazing fundraising efforts for Give A Gift yet again.

“Give a Gift was set up approximately four years ago to help non-Muslim causes and encourage Muslims in particular to support local causes as well as supporting international causes."

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Baking buns, brownies, biscuits and other yummies to raise £500 for terminally-ill children

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KIND-HEARTED: 10-year-old Shyla Hanif has been touched by the work that local charities do and wants to help them

KIND-HEARTED: 10-year-old Shyla Hanif has been touched by the work that local charities do and wants to help them

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“It must be so hard for mums and dads and brothers and sisters to deal with a member of their family being so sick or even dying.”

A ten-year-old from Leeds has been setting a fine example by fundraising for children who need urgent heart surgery but also for those who are extremely sick and need the care of a hospice in their final days.

Shyla Hanif, a Year 6 student at the Grammar School at Leeds, bravely stuck up her hand at the Give a Gift charity dinner that she attended with her family. She pledged to raise £500 for Leeds Children’s Heart Unit and Martin House Hospice during the evening, much to her parent's pleasant surprise.

Working with the school, which encourages its children to raise money for a number of causes, Shyla roped in her ever-helpful friends at GSAL. They baked buns, brownies, biscuits, cakes and other confectionaries to sell in the playground, along with badges and wristbands in support of the two charities.

But this isn’t the first time the kind-hearted kiddo has wanted to make a difference. Shyla first donated her Eid money when she was just seven-years-old and has continued to contribute to Give a Gift in Leeds every year.

EAGER: Shyla's classmates Adam, Anya and Mimi have been rallying support all around school

EAGER: Shyla's classmates Adam, Anya and Mimi have been rallying support all around school

“I was sitting next to my mum at the charity dinner, just before the new year and she was having a conversation with a mum and dad who’s baby had died because of a heart condition," says Shyla.

“I sat there thinking how lucky we are; I don’t know anyone who’s lost a baby due to an illness. I can't imagine how sad and difficult it must be for mums and dads and brothers and sisters to deal with a member of their family being so sick or even dying.

"If I can raise £500 or more, I think it will help these charities a lot.”

“I’ve learnt at the charity dinners how very, very important the Leeds Children’s Heart Unit are in doing life-saving operations. We get to hear about the different stories, and struggles families have had.

“And I know that Martin House Children’s Hospice care for very, very sick children, but they also look after their families too – which is amazing."

"I just hope I can meet my target - I'll be so happy."

Leeds-based Give a Gift, launched it’s initiative to fundraise for local causes in 2013 and have raised over £100,000 for the Leeds Children’s Heart Unit and Martin House Children’s Hospice.

To help Shyla achieve her fundraising target, please make a donation: http://gldn.gg/f/ShylaHanif


Sharon Coyle

CEO Children’s Heart Surgery Fund

“There is nothing more inspiring than a child wanting to help other children. Shyla should be very proud of her achievement. Raising such a substantial amount of money, at a one-off event at such a young age, should not go unnoticed. Well done, and a further thank you must go to all her wonderful supporters!”


Bhranti Naik

Community Fundraiser Martin House Hospice

“We are overjoyed to have the support of Shyla to help with our fundraising efforts. As you are aware, the majority of our funds come from the generosity of Yorkshire people. There is something particularly special about children fundraising for children. We hope that in our special 30th Anniversary Year, more youngsters are inspired by Shyla's efforts and step out of their comfort zone to help fundraise for our children and young people.”


Rifhat Malik

Give a Gift

“Give a Gift is delighted to support Shyla Hanif, a Year 6 pupil at the Grammar School in Leeds, with her fundraising efforts. It is admirable to see someone so young have this level of consideration for others less fortunate than us. It's highly commendable that she’s selling cakes/buns at her school for Martin House Children's Hospice and the Leeds Children's Heart Surgery Fund to help raise vital funds for children with life-threatening conditions. We have no doubt that Shyla's efforts will act as an inspiration to other young people of her age and she is a credit to her family.”


 

Robert Lilley

Head of Junior School

The Grammar School at Leeds

"We were delighted that Shlya showed the initiative to undertake this project. She has organised everything and led a team of other Y6 pupils. The younger children have supported the event very well and we are grateful to the whole school community for supporting these worthwhile causes."

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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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Sky’s the limit: Give a Gift ambassadors ready for skydive in aid of local causes

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DETERMINED: Bhranti Naik and Zara Nasir will complete their daring skydive next month in aid of Give a Gift

DETERMINED: Bhranti Naik and Zara Nasir will complete their daring skydive next month in aid of Give a Gift

Two determined fundraisers from Leeds are preparing for the ‘tallest’ challenge of their lives next month as they fall from 15,000ft in aid of local charities.

Bhranti Naik, from Adel, and Zara Nasir, from Chapel Allerton, will complete their first-ever skydive on 18th October as part of the Give a Gift initiative.

Raising funds for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund at Leeds General Infirmary and Martin House Children’s Hospice, the brave duo will have their heads in the clouds as they join a team of fundraisers in Lincoln.

Both women are ambassadors of the Give a Gift project and have helped with previous events in the past.

However, neither have completed a skydive before and for 21-year-old Zara there is an extra incentive to going up in the plane.

“For both of us, we are doing this skydive primarily to help children who don’t have the advantage of health in their lives at this moment,” she said.

“I think we all have a responsibility to look after others, especially the kids, and if we can raise money to support them by doing this then that is a great thing to do.”

She added: “I have also put myself forward for the jump to conquer my fear of heights and what better way to do that than by joining in a skydive.”

Bhranti, who is a school teacher by trade, says she is looking forward to the event having climbed mountains, modelled catwalks, danced Zumba and distributed toys for the charity previously.

“It is a totally different experience but one I am pleased to be a part of and am ready for it now,” she said.

“I just hope people will dig deep enough for the causes and help us raise even more money for these two incredible charities.”

The Give a Gift initiative was set up in 2013 as a way of allowing the local Asian communities to support causes in their area.

Building strong links with the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and Martin House, thousands of pounds have already been donated, whilst a giant toy appeal is held every year around Eid.

Give a Gift Ambassador, Rifhat Malik, who has helped organise the skydive, praised the efforts of the fundraisers and wished them the best of luck before they let gravity take over.

“This is the fourth challenge we have set this year through Give a Gift and it is great to see people supporting it,” she said.

“A big thank you to all our skydivers and long may their volunteering and fundraising continue.”

If you would like to sponsor Bhranti and Zara on their daring fundraiser, please contact Rifhat Malik on 07711 623 386.

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Give A Gift fundraising-initiative handover £28,000 to Yorkshire charities

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Give a Gift Cheque

Give a Gift Cheque

Yorkshire’s women came together on Saturday 8th November in order to raise funds for Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and Martin House Hospice – two charities working with terminally ill children and those born with serious heart defects.

The sell-out event was organised by volunteers, as part of the Give a Gift Initiative. The initiative was set up last year by a group of local individuals and organisations who recognised the need for the Muslim community to play a wider role within mainstream society.

The night saw over 300 people attend the Aagrah Midpoint Suite, Bradford, for a four-course meal and an evening of entertainment including a fashion show and an auction in aid of the two charities. Doctors and staff who work with children also attended to show their support while local women,  including; the CEO’s of the two charities - Sharon Cheng and Angela Monoghan, took to the catwalk.

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One of the organisers, Rifhat Malik said: “We chose these two charities for the Give a Gift Initiative because of the incredible work they undertake with seriously ill children which is something close to all of our hearts.

“Many people from the South Asian community do not realise the scale of the support they provide to people within our community and this is our way of giving something back.”

The fashion show was the last of six fundraising events over the year including a 5k charity run and a Zumbathon, all of which have helped exceed the £25,000 target set.

Rifhat added: “It’s been a brilliant effort by so many of the Give a Gift team who have been working tirelessly for weeks to bring this event together.

“We hope that the money raised will help them to continue to purchase revolutionary equipment, provide family support, and continue their great work with children affected by congenital heart disease and life threatening illness.”

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Sharon Cheng, CEO of Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, said: “We have worked with the Give a Gift Initiative for two years running now. Months of hard work and planning had gone into the event to ensure it was a success, and it paid off. As a charity, we are reliant on fundraising to continue our work and we are so grateful to everyone involved for their incredible efforts.”

Sarah Tarpey, Regional Funding Manager at Martin House said: “All of us from Martin House were thrilled to be part of the second annual Give a Gift Ladies Glitz & Glamour event.

“The whole evening was a stunning fusion of fashion, cuisine and cultures, with the most exquisite clothing, dancing, singing and entertainment being presented by the Hamara hosts.

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“One third of the children accessing Martin House Children’s Hospice are from the Asian community, and so the fantastic £14,000 raised at the event will directly benefit West Yorkshire’s Asian children and families.

“That amount will pay for our children’s medical supplies for almost a whole year, which is such a wonderful thing to have funded. Martin House are hugely grateful, and immensely proud to be supported by Give a Gift. Many, many thanks.”

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An amazing evening at the Aagrah Midpoint kicked off this year’s ‘Give a Gift’ scheme with hundreds turning out for a special charity gala.

Now its second year, the volunteer-run project was initially set up to bring communities together through helping local causes – Martin House Children’s Hospice and Leeds General Infirmary’s Children’s Heart Unit.

LAUNCH: The Give a Gift scheme helped raise £5,000 for local causes, with more than 500 gifts also donated through the appeal

LAUNCH: The Give a Gift scheme helped raise £5,000 for local causes, with more than 500 gifts also donated through the appeal

More than 500 toys and £5,000 was donated to the causes last year and now Give a Gift returns with even more charities being supported.

Announced at last weekend’s launch event, this year’s project will also support Bradford Hospital’s Children’s Charity alongside the two Leeds-based causes.

Guest speakers from all three charities attended on the night and explained some of the heart-breaking stories which they have encountered and the importance of initiatives like ‘Give a Gift’ for both the charities and families.

It was then up to the children themselves to speak in front of the hundreds of guests about real-life experiences.

HOST: Ruby Malik was compere for the evening alongside her  husband,  Hanif

HOST: Ruby Malik was compere for the evening alongside her
husband, Hanif

Ten-year-old Siyam Siraj opened the program with an amazing message before handing over to the two mini-comperes for the evening – Hibah and Hajrah.

The pair spoke of Mehvish’s story, who was one of the young children at the LGI’s Children’s Heart Unit and unfortunately died last year. A touching moment for all involved which really reinforced why the project was running for a second year.

A heartfelt poem called ‘Baby Sister’ was read by Salah Siraj, eight, which had people in tears and silenced the whole room.

Habib Khan, Give a Gift representative, said the event was a fantastic night and was even better than he had imagined.

“It was great and we really built on last year,” he said. “We would just like to say thanks to our Give a Gift Ambassador’s: Hibah Malik, Haajra Rafique, Siyam Siraj, Salah Siraj, Aakash Maik, ShreyaNaik, Aleeza Mougal, Henah Rashid and Arooje Khan.

“Also a big thank you to the all the volunteers, especially: Amna Rafique, Janice Hargreaves, Bhranti Naik, Natasha Siraj, Faiza Rafique, Mariam, Adil, and Aisha.”

MODELS: Children took on the role of models for the catwalk event

MODELS: Children took on the role of models for the catwalk event

The evening came to a close with a special ZumbaZumba routine by the children before a fashion show for the grand finale.

If you would like to find out more information about the Give a Gift scheme please visit www.giveagift.org.uk

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