Preston’s Light Foundation is raising money for one of the Manchester victims

Posted on - 29th May, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston
Arfan Iqbal, left and Nadeem Ashfaq, from the Light Foundation had offered to meet EDL leaders Pic: LEP/David Hurst

Arfan Iqbal, left and Nadeem Ashfaq, from the Light Foundation

On behalf of the Preston Muslim Community, the Light Foundation are raising money for the family of one of the Manchester victims.


Saffie Rose, 8, from Tarleton, sadly lost her life in the dreadful terrorist attacks that occurred at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on 22 May.

Saffie’s mother and sister remain in critical condition in hospital, unfortunately unaware that their family member has passed away.

The Light Foundation are now raising £1000 for Saffie’s family in their time of difficulty.

Co-founder of the Light Foundation Nadeem Ashfaq said: “What motivated us to start this really small campaign of raising £1,000 for the family is that an innocent life of ambitions and dreams of an eight-year -old has tragically been taken away in a glimpse of a second, and many lives broken in the process.

“Myself and colleagues at the Light Foundation have children, and nephews and nieces ourselves, the very same age as Saffie whose gentle and innocent face pulled at our heart strings, and this is the reason why we felt compelled to help out a fellow Lancastrian family in their time of need.

“And what makes us Brits great is that we are able to stick together in times of difficulty irrespective of faith or backgrounds.”

Saffie Rose died in the Manchester terror attack
Saffie Rose died in the Manchester terror attack

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The Light Foundation will also be holding a meal for all faiths on Thursday 1 June so that the community can come together.

Mr Ashfaq said: “It’s open to all faiths and we’re hoping for around 70 to 80 people.

“We wanted to get converts to speak so people can talk about whatever they like and discuss different things.

“They are very inspiring people and I think people will find them very interesting to listen to.

“It doesn’t matter what faith and views you have.”

Read more: Worden Park vigil held to honour Manchester victims

The meal will take place in Quakers Meeting Hall, 189 St George’s Road, from 8.45pm to 10pm.

Donations for Saffie’s family can be made via the online donation page.

For further information, you can contact 07794949217 or  email the Light Foundation.

Do you know the Light Foundation? Will you be attending the meal? Let us know in the comments below

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