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7th July, 2017

Penny Appeal Chairman scoops coveted award


Adeem receiving award


Adeem Younis, Penny Appeal’s Chairman received the prestigious IoD (Institute of Directors) Young Director of the Year Award at a black-tie dinner hosted at the Principal York Hotel, on July 5th.


The IoD, the UK’s longest-running organisation for professional leaders, aims to “encourage entrepreneurial activity and promote responsible business practices”, as part of a wider network that supports over 30,000 members through 48 regional branches across the UK.


The Director of the Year awards event, held in York, was part of a number of similar ceremonies in the UK, and represented the Yorkshire and North East Region. The winners of the awards at the 5th of July dinner will go on to the national Director of the Year finals, pitting themselves against shortlisted candidates from around the country.


Around 200 guests attended the black-tie dinner on Wednesday, which saw candidates compete across eight different categories and included entertainment – in the form of a musician, a magician and special guest speakers. After receiving the award Adeem said, “I’m humbled to have won the Young Director of the Year Award with such great competition.” 

6th July, 2017

Penny Appeal joins over 300,000 people in support of stricter rulings on the purchasing of Acid


Aamer Naeem, CEO of Penny Appeal said, “It’s time to join together and urge the government to tighten its laws on the buying and selling of acid to the public.  


“These types of attacks are on the rise in the UK and with no regulations on the purchasing of acid there is no way of preventing an attack.


“We are pleased to join over 300,000 people who have already signed this petition and we would like to extend our support to those who have been victims of this horrendous attack."



6th July, 2017

Young women’s achievements recognised in event at the House of Lords


The award winners


Penny Appeal has partnered with the Baroness Warsi Foundation to implement the Social Mobility Project, an initiative designed to create inclusive societies and address a deep-rooted social mobility problem in the UK. The programme culminated in a leadership event, hosted at the House of Lords, which recognised the achievements of a cohort of young women.


The programme posits that, there is an “entrenched and unbroken correlation between social class and educational success”, and that a broadening of the income gap within the social class structure is a direct symptom of this situation. To address this problem, the Social Mobility Programme looks to give exceptional young people the tools and knowledge to advance their professional development, and eventually, allow them to access top universities and professions.


As the final element of this programme, the cohort of young women are presented with certificates to recognise their achievements. The event, that took place on the 4th July, included speeches from Baroness Warsi, Chair of the Foundation - and from Amer Naeem, Penny Appeal’s CEO. Along with the speeches, and elegant surroundings of the House of Lords a luncheon was provided for the students.


To be eligible for the programme students must be aged between 16 and 17, have achieved 5 ‘A’ grades at GCSE and be predicted to attain at least AAB at A-Level. Students must also be eligible for Free School Meals - or be the ?rst generation in their family to attend university having attended a school where at least 20% pupils are eligible for Free School Meals.


As part of the programme, students will undertake a comprehensive one-year course, which focuses on personal, academic and professional development. Four elements make up this course; mentoring, in which students will have access to a professional mentor who works in the student’s chosen field. University application support, whereby students will be provided with practical support with all aspects of the application process. Professional Development, where practical support to build the student’s confidence will be provided. Finally, an internship /residential programme, in which a placement in one of London’s leading firms will be secured.


This year’s programme concluded with the presentations at the House of Lords Leadership Event on the 4th of July. As a testament to the effectiveness of the Social Mobility Programme, over 95% of the participants feel they would not have been able to achieve such a placement without the programme.  

26th June, 2017

Wakefield’s first Great Fun Day & Iftaar a roaring success!

Characters perform on stage The Penny Appeal ring toss stand Fun with characters and costumes


Saturday the 17th of June saw the advent of Wakefield’s first ever Great Fun Day & Community Iftaar Dinner - amid a sparkling day of sunshine. The event was part of the wider Jo Cox Great Get Together, in memory of the late Batley MP.


Organised by Penny Appeal in collaboration with West Yorkshire Police, Wakefield Council, Wakefield College and Wakefield District Housing, the Fun Day attracted over 1500 guests to the Thornes Park Campus of Wakefield College. 


In an event that brought together people from all backgrounds and walks of life, the Fun Day entertained revellers with a whole host of activities. A free three-course meal was provided, with members of the Muslim community able to break their fast during Ramadan, and share in the spirit of this holy occasion.  


Entertainment began at 7pm and included flag making, a bouncy castle, henna painting, poetry reading, comedy and prizes. Ridings FM was present, with music also provided by acoustic duo, Pearls of Islam. Politician and member of the House of Lords, Baroness Warsi, delivered a keynote speech, saying: “What an amazing legacy that all of us here from so many different backgrounds, so many different faiths and none, so many different ethnicities, and so many different experiences have come together today.” A number of other speakers, including Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussein, from West Yorkshire Police, joined the Baroness.


The Fun Day showcased all that’s good about the integration of different people in and around Wakefield, with members of varying faiths and of none underlining the strong sense of community that brings people together in celebration. Penny Appeal Chairman, Adeem Younis said, “There’s so much more that unites us than divides us – and this is what the event was all about”.


Before everyone came to break bread together and enjoy the three-course meal, 1000 balloons were released in memory of the late MP for Batley Jo Cox. Jo was a great advocate of bringing people together, no matter where they came from or what they believed, the whole event passed in very much the same spirit.  


In a tribute to the amount of people who attended, Harris Iqbal, Head of Programmes for Penny Appeal said, “Today we’ve seen people come together from all backgrounds – and what an amazing turnout we’ve had!” 

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. 

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