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15th June, 2017

#TeamOrange volunteers provide aid to those affected by the London fire

Penny Appeal team in West Way with Sadiq Khan

Penny Appeal volunteers have been on the ground since 3am to provide aid to those affected by the Grenfell Tower blaze in West London.

 

A crisis team from Penny Appeal was dispatched as soon as news of the tragedy hit in the 24-storey tower block began to filter through press outlets. The Metropolitan Police say that a number of people have lost their lives, with many more still missing. It will reportedly take weeks for fire investigation teams to piece together a full picture of the tragic events.

 

#TeamOrange volunteers, working with the Faiths Forum for London and the British Red Cross have been delivering aid packages to those in need. Blankets, water, food parcels, clothing and hygiene essentials have been packaged and supplied to the front-line of the crisis hit area of west London.

 

Our London based team was offering support on the ground at 3am, just shortly after news of the incident hit. Later in the day, an eight-strong team of volunteers responded to the crisis, with numbers reaching around 30 the following day. The volunteers’ duties have included sorting through the stock of donations and aid supplies and gathered in London, manning the reception area and distributing meals at food stations. Up to 300 people have so far received hot meals thanks the efforts of #TeamOrange volunteers.

 

Penny Appeal are asking people to donate anything they can to help the people affected by the fire. Harris Iqbal, Head of Programmes said, “All donations are going to be used by those in need” and thanked people who had offered to volunteer, with the numbers of people trying to help “in the hundreds”.

 

Along with aid, volunteers are offering befriending and emotional support to victims. On the front-line, the aid effort has been split into two sections, with a ‘food corner’ and ‘clothing corner’. Donations are currently being taken online and by phone on 0300 11 11 11. 

25th February, 2017

#Team Orange bring joy and entertainment to the elderly

 

 

Penny Appeal has been responding to the growing number of older people who experience loneliness by organising social visits and musical entertainment. 

 

Their latest visit was to the Well Springs Nursing Home in Bradford where volunteers brought along entertainer Paul Whitehead. His performance of classic songs had residents singing and dancing along.

 

Sarah Ashraf, UK Programmes Officer at Penny Appeal, said: “Winter can be a difficult time for older people, particularly those with mobility issues,”  With these social gatherings, we want to provide older people with a positive environment where they can have company, enjoy themselves and engage in conversation with young Muslims. During our visit, we had a chance to talk, at length, with the residents about their lives. We listened to their fascinating stories and were pleased to be given the opportunity to raise their spirits.”

 

Cath Davis, Manager of Well Springs Nursing Home said she had received great feedback from the residents who enjoyed themselves at the party.

 

Donate to support our UK Love Thy Neighbour  work by calling 03000 11 11 11.

 

Ref: Wakefield’s Penny Appeal brings cheer to the elderly

24th February, 2017

HALAL-ARIOUS COMEDY TOUR WINS MUSLIM CHARITY AWARD

 

Head of Fundraising Zaheer Khan with Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

 

A big thank you to all of you for making it possible for us to win the award for the “Fundraising Campaign of the Year” at the first Muslim Charity Awards.

 

We won the category for our Super Muslim Comedy Tour 2016, which featured some of your favourite Muslim comedians from the UK and America. Omar Regan, Abdullah Afzal (Amjad in BBC1 comedy Citizen Khan) and Moses the Comic were among the acts who sold-out shows in 11 cities across Britain. 

 

The judges at the awards, organised by the Muslim Charities Forum, praised the charity for its innovative approach to fundraising for its newest campaign, ‘Forgotten Children’ that aims to rescue street children and give them the chance of a childhood.

 

The campaign met with a brilliant response. Several people, attending the comedy tour decided to support the cost of a fully-fledged rescue centre for street children, costing £25,000, and hundreds of people signed monthly direct debits in support of our campaign. “ 

 

The relief efforts will start in Pakistan and Bangladesh with the view to rolling out in Africa in the near future. will focus on essential outreach work to identify vulnerable street children and provide food, clothing, medical support and, where necessary, shelter.  

 

During the ceremony, Penny Appeal was also awarded a commendation for ‘Charity of the Year’. The judges particularly singled out its outstanding work in the UK and beyond.  With its ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ programme the charity runs a number of transformative projects including feeding the hungry and homeless, encouraging Muslims to adopt or foster children in care and providing a counselling service for victims of domestic abuse.

 

“It is both humbling and a great honour to receive this recognition’, said our CEO Aamer Naeem, "it is only made possible by the hard work of our teams and the generosity of our donors."

7th February, 2017

Charity Chairman says ‘I do’ to pay for 100 weddings

 

Adeem Younis (left) with the happy couple

 

Penny Appeal’s Chairman, Adeem Younis, has said ‘I do’ to running the London Marathon to raise £100,000 to pay for 100 weddings.

 

Adeem will be running the London Marathon in April and is hoping to raise enough money through sponsorship to give 100 couples a £1000 each, which will pay for the full cost of their wedding and home furnishings for the new couple to start their married life.

 

“We all know the difficulties of finding a partner, but it’s hard to imagine how challenging this is for people around the world who struggle in poverty stricken countries,” said Adeem. These people do not have the means to get married as many of these young people were orphaned as children.”

 

The first of these marriages took place in early January and Adeem headed to Pakistan as a guest of honour at the wedding of Mohammed Safeer and Basri Bi.

 

Penny Appeal has supported Basri under our Orphan programme and Mohammed lost his father too, leaving the couple with no means of getting married.

 

If you too want to say, ‘I do’ to the future happiness of a 100 couples across the world then make a donation at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/100marriagechallenge

6th February, 2017

A brighter future for orphans in Gambia

 

Penny Appeal has been to Gambia to meet the children supported by OrphanKind. Our Partnerships Manager, Ridwana Wallace-Laher, visited a number of orphanages where she met children, as young as five, who had been living on the streets and vulnerable to disease and exploitation.

“I am blessed to see the difference we are making to the lives of these kids, speaking as a mother myself, I cannot thank our donors and supporters enough for their support”, said Ridwana.

 

These children are now living in a safe place and have the chance of an education at one of the best schools in Gambia.

 

During her four-day visit, Ridwana also checked on the progress of a new orphan complex that is due to open later this year. It will include ten new orphan homes, a play area and a garden.

 

She also met with the team who run Thirst Relief, which provides villages with reliable access to clean water.  The building of the well means the women and children no longer have to walk for hours to fetch water that was unclean.  

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