Family and friends remember charitable accountant from Manor Park

Nasheed Group “Shaam” performed some nasheeds (Islamic dongs) on the occasion.

Nasheed Group Shaam performed some nasheeds (Islamic dongs) on the occasion. - Credit: Archant

Family and friends remembered the good deeds of a community champion and charity founder at a memorial service last week.

Zafar Iqbal Sharif, of Third Avenue, Manor Park, died of a heart attack at the age of 52 three years ago while on holiday in Pakistan.

Described by his son Muhammad Usman Sharif as “a chartered accountant by day and a humanitarian by night”, Zafar helped the local community with their problems through East Ham MP Stephen Timms and created a charity, the Kashmir Relief and Development Foundation (KRDF), to help the survivors of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.

The charity’s work was mostly funded by multi-faith organisations and donations from his community in Newham, building six schools, vocational training centres and water projects.

The memorial service was held on March 1 at Walthamstow Town Hall and it was attended by Mayor of Waltham Forest Cllr Richard Sweden and his deputy mayor Cllr Nadeem Ali and people in attendance were encouraged to sponsor a child’s education for £15 a month and donate towards a new school in a small village in Kashmir.

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