Generous East London mosque followers raise almost £3,000 during Ramadan

Published: June 5, 2019

Al Madina Mosque has raised £2,966.29 from its members at Friday prayers to help fund the work of Richard House Children’s Hospice and facilitated an awareness raising campaign throughout the month of Ramadan.

The Barking mosque has a number of wide ranging services that it runs in the local community. Ash Siddique, Secretary at the mosque, says that helping to raise awareness of this kind of service in the area is incredibly important.

“Al Madina mosque Barking is honoured to support Richard House Children’s Hospice in highlighting the excellent work they do and to help them raise funds in order to maintain the great services they provide. The Muslim community, specifically local Muslim children, benefit from the services provided by the hospice and it is only through collaborative working that we can raise awareness, encourage participation and achieve our collective goals.” said Ash Siddique.

From the moment a child is diagnosed with a life-limiting, life-threatening or complex health condition everything changes. These changes affect the whole family, which is why Richard House provides care to the child and also support to the family.

Mr Siddique continued; “Muslims are some of the most generous people, not only financially but in respect of time and sincerity. This is our hospice and these children are our children. It is therefore our responsibility to help where we can.”

Chris Baker, Chief Executive of the children’s hospice, said: “We are incredibly proud to have the support of Al Madina, especially as around 50% of the children and families who use our hospice are from the Muslim community. With only £1 out of every £4 we need to spend coming from government funding, local support is essential for us to continue providing our services.”

Jordan Russell said: “We are extremely grateful to Al Madina for letting us have an awareness stand outside the mosque for the past few weeks. We need to let local families know we are there to support them if they have life-limited children or children with complex health needs.”

Mr Siddique said; “Together small gestures can make a big difference. Ours is a long term commitment to our local hospice and we already have more support initiatives in the pipeline.”