British Muslim Charity supports Cumbria Foundation for Relief and Rehabilitation of Flood Affected Families

Posted on January 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm.

The recent floods caused by Storms Desmond and Eva that struck many parts of Northern England, Scotland and Ireland in December 2015 have been reported as the worst floods for 70 years in the region.

Soon after the floods, Muslim Charity Helping The Needy launched its “UK Floods Appeal” which was publicised to its individual donors and Mosques around the country. Muslim Charity has developed a partnership with the Cumbria Community Foundation under which a cash grant of £5,000 will be provided to support its Cumbria Floods Appeal.

The funding will go towards providing cash grants to individuals or families whose homes have incurred significant damage to property or possessions and to those who have lost work or income because of the storms. The cash grants will assist families and households in the relief and rehabilitation efforts from the damage caused by the floods.

On Friday 15th January 2016, a cheque handover ceremony was held at St John’s Church in Keswick that was attended by the Lord Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome, Tara Vallente of the Cumbria Community Foundation, Rev’d Michael Webb, Bakhtyar Pirzada of Muslim Charity and others.

Bakhtyar Pirzada, Vice Chairman of Muslim Charity, commented, “It has been heart-breaking to watch the images on our television screens last month and then to come here and see the devastation caused by the floods. On behalf of Muslim Charity and our associates and donors in the UK, we felt it our duty to come to the aid of flood victims in Cumbria and we urge everyone to donate, volunteer and help in any way they can as those affected begin the daunting task of rebuilding their homes.”

Tara Vallente of Cumbria Community Foundation said, “It is fantastic to hear that Mosques up and down the country have been so generous. Cumbria Community Foundation has now distributed £1 million to local people in real hardship to help them clean-up and dry out their homes. Every penny donated is very much welcomed and is greatly received by those seriously affected by the flooding. A big thank you to all who have donated so far.”

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome, said: “This donation is incredibly generous and we thank all those who have felt called to offer support to the people of Cumbria at such a difficult time.

“It’s been wonderful to see so many examples of the hands of love and friendship being offered by our multi-faith partners; from offers of practical help clearing out properties and donating furniture and goods, through to the financial assistance and donations which have been made.

“We cannot begin to thank enough everyone who has felt moved to help. I know the money raised through the Cumbria Community Foundation will be put to very good use helping those worst affected by the floods.”

Muslim Charity is also working with other volunteer groups such as Eden Flood Volunteers through which cleaning equipment, dehumidifier units and household items are being distributed to flood affected homes.

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Photos from the Ceremony

A £5,000 cheque being handed over from Muslim Charity Helping The Needy to the Cumbria Community Foundation for Cumbria’s flood affected families and households. Present in the photograph are: Rt Revd James Newcome (the Bishop of Carlisle), Mr Bakhtyar H Pirzada (Vice Chairman of Muslim Charity), Mr Maroof Pirzada (UK Director, Muslim Charity), Tara Vallente (Cumbria Community Foundation), Councillor Paul Titley (Lord Mayor of Keswick), Revd Michael Webb, Revd Richard Lee (future High Sheriff of Cumbria) and Adrian Holme (Station Manager, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service).
A £5,000 cheque being handed over from Muslim Charity Helping The Needy to the Cumbria Community Foundation for Cumbria’s flood affected families and households. Present in the photograph are: Rt Revd James Newcome (the Bishop of Carlisle), Mr Bakhtyar H Pirzada (Vice Chairman of Muslim Charity), Mr Maroof Pirzada (UK Director, Muslim Charity), Tara Vallente (Cumbria Community Foundation), Councillor Paul Titley (Lord Mayor of Keswick), Revd Michael Webb, Revd Richard Lee (future High Sheriff of Cumbria) and Adrian Holme (Station Manager, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service).
The Bishop of Carlisle, Rt Revd James Newcome, speaking at the ceremony at St John’s Church in Keswick.
The Bishop of Carlisle, Rt Revd James Newcome, speaking at the ceremony at St John’s Church in Keswick.
The Vice Chairman of Muslim Charity, Bakhtyar Pirzada, speaking at the ceremony at St John’s Church in Keswick.
The Vice Chairman of Muslim Charity, Bakhtyar Pirzada, speaking at the ceremony at St John’s Church in Keswick.
Tara Vallente from the Cumbria Community Foundation speaking at the ceremony at St John’s Church in Keswick.
Tara Vallente from the Cumbria Community Foundation speaking at the ceremony at St John’s Church in Keswick.
The UK Director of Muslim Charity, Maroof Pirzada, speaking at the ceremony at St John’s Church in Keswick.
The UK Director of Muslim Charity, Maroof Pirzada, speaking at the ceremony at St John’s Church in Keswick.
On the day, Muslim Charity’s team alongside another of its local partners, the Eden Flood Volunteers Group, visited homes of beneficiaries of its humanitarian assistance. Here they are pictured with Janette from Keswick who has been through three floods in recent years and is currently living in temporary accommodation until her home is repaired. She required various household items which Muslim Charity provided to her.
On the day, Muslim Charity’s team alongside another of its local partners, the Eden Flood Volunteers Group, visited homes of beneficiaries of its humanitarian assistance. Here they are pictured with Janette from Keswick who has been through three floods in recent years and is currently living in temporary accommodation until her home is repaired. She required various household items which Muslim Charity provided to her.
Muslim Charity’s volunteers spent several hours packing all of the items that had been requested by Eden Flood Volunteers Group for the flood affected families. Items procured and packed included: dehumidifier units, wet/dry vacuum cleaners, toasters, kettles, frying pan sets, cushions, duvets, mops, cleaning equipment, toiletries and cutlery/utensils.
Muslim Charity’s volunteers spent several hours packing all of the items that had been requested by Eden Flood Volunteers Group for the flood affected families. Items procured and packed included: dehumidifier units, wet/dry vacuum cleaners, toasters, kettles, frying pan sets, cushions, duvets, mops, cleaning equipment, toiletries and cutlery/utensils.
Peter from Eden Flood Volunteers showing the Muslim Charity team around the warehouse in which the donated items are organised and stored until they are distributed. Muslim Charity’s donated items were also handed over here.
Peter from Eden Flood Volunteers showing the Muslim Charity team around the warehouse in which the donated items are organised and stored until they are distributed. Muslim Charity’s donated items were also handed over here.
A group photo of Muslim Charity’s team with Eden Flood Volunteers and Your Housing Group at Greta Gardens, Keswick, where several flood affected families are being temporary housed.
A group photo of Muslim Charity’s team with Eden Flood Volunteers and Your Housing Group at Greta Gardens, Keswick, where several flood affected families are being temporary housed.