Muslims of Newham raise thousands for Richard House Children’s Hospice

Peter Ellis, Chief Executive of Richard House Children's Hospice, joined Newham Muslims to thank the

Peter Ellis, Chief Executive of Richard House Children's Hospice, joined Newham Muslims to thank them for the donation Picture: Richard House - Credit: Archant

Twelve Newham mosques have united with others to raise £2,500 for Richard House Children’s Hospice.

Mosques from East Ham, Upton Park, Plaistow, Manor Park, Forest Gate and Stratford joined a London-wide campaign to support the charity for the second year running.

Abdullah Dalal, of Upton Lane’s Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, said it was important for the Muslim community to unite in support of the East London charity.

“Last year the mosques came together and supported Richard House,” he said. “We as a community felt Richard House deserved our support again for the wonderful work it does with children and young adults.”

The charity, which works to provide care and services for children with life-threatening complex healthcare conditions, needs to raise more than £3million a year to survive.

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The charity’s head of community and events, Anna Bates, thanked the mosques, which also included Stratford’s Islamic Association and Masjid-E-Hikmah in Plaistow after they handed over the money raised on March 23.

“We are absolutely delighted that the local Muslim community are continuing to support Richard House Children’s Hospice by making a donation toward our services,” she said. “Forty-two per cent of the children we work with are from the Muslim community and we hope to develop our partnership with the community in order to spread awareness of our services and our need for donations, so that we can help all of the families who require our support.”

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