A group of 40 volunteers took to the storm battered ends of Cumbria to distribute donated aid and to clean-up the damage caused by Storm Desmond.Advertisement
The Quwwatul Islam education centre and mosque in Preston raised more than £4,000 in less than a week.
Khalid Ibrahim, head of Quwattul Islam and lead volunteer, said: “As soon as we heard about the floods in Cumbria, we instantly decided to launch a fundraising appeal.
“Our faith encourages us to help those in need so we encouraged the Mosques and Madrasas to appeal for donations.”
The volunteers handed out 100 buckets of cleaning supplies and essential foods to the flood victims rooted in parts of Cumbria.
They helped remove damp wallpapers and carpets which deserted water ridden living rooms.
Kitchen appliances and deteriorating furniture was along the list of damaged assets caused by the storms.
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Khalid said: “We distributed relief kits door to door, and over 300 presents were given to bring a smile on each child’s face.
“It was a very daunting scene at first, but we were very impressed with the resilience of the residents. They were overwhelmed with our presence.”
The team were commended by the North West Labour MEP, Julie Ward, for their contribution to mending the homes of the families in Keswick.
So proud of all the #NW #Muslim communities who are helping victims #StormDesmond #CumbriaFloods #ProudToBeBritish https://t.co/WsXR1PXoqE
— Julie Ward MEP (@julie4nw) December 13, 2015
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