Innovative campaign sees east London mosque pledge support to local children’s hospice this Ramadan

Published: May 15, 2018

A mosque in east London has pledged its support this coming Ramadan to an east London Children’s Hospice. Al Madina Mosque will be donating to help fund the work of Richard House Children’s Hospice, as well as working with the organisation through the month with engaging the local Muslim population and recruiting volunteers.

The Barking mosque has a number of services that it runs in the local community and 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 service they provide. The Muslim community, specifically local Muslim children, benefit from the services provided by the hospice but our community do not know this.” Said Ash Siddique, Secretary. Al Madina mosque Barking

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.

“So this Ramadan I call on you to get behind OUR local hospice. As a starting gesture Al Madina mosque is donating £4,000 to the hospice and we appeal to Muslim organisations and individuals to open their hearts in this blessed month go to richardhouse.org.uk/Ramadan and donate generously.”

Chris Baker, Chief Executive of the children’s hospice, is encouraging more local organisations to get involved with the campaign. “Richard House is here for the whole community and this Ramadan we are hoping to raise awareness of our service and our need for support. Around 50% of the children and families who use our hospice are Muslim, so we understand what an important time this is for many in our local area. We are incredibly proud to have the support of Al Madina in this campaign and we look forward to working with them not just during this month of Ramadan, but for many years to come.”

The campaign will see the hospice reaching out to local mosques, schools, community groups and individuals encouraging them to either donate or fundraise to support the children that the organisation cares for.

Chris continued; “We care for over 300 children from around east London and need to raise over £3.5 million to keep and expand the services we provide to life-limited children and their families. Statutory funding covers only a quarter of our costs, so we rely heavily on the generosity of our donors. We know how incredibly generous the local Muslim community are and our hope is that by increasing the awareness of our service, people will see how important Richard House is to the local area for so many families.”

Mr Siddique said; “Together a small gesture can make a big difference.”

The campaign is also receiving backing from local businesses, including long term supporters Preston’s Accountants in Gants Hill, who have sponsored the appeal.