Sheffield taxi drivers and mosques denounce Manchester terror attack as they launch fundraising efforts in memory of Kelly Brewster

Taxi drivers from Network Taxis who are raising money for the family of Manchester bomb victim Kelly Brewster, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 29th May 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.
Taxi drivers from Network Taxis who are raising money for the family of Manchester bomb victim Kelly Brewster, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 29th May 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.
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Sheffield taxi drivers and mosque leaders have come together to raise money for the family of Kelly Brewster who was killed in the Manchester terror attack.

Drivers from Network Taxis are aiming to raise money to help her family while condemning the act of terror as 'evil'.

The Sheffield Federation of Mosques are raising money for the family of Kelly Brewster

The Sheffield Federation of Mosques are raising money for the family of Kelly Brewster

The Sheffield Federation of Mosques prayed for the victims and their families during Friday prayers.

Ms Brewster, of Arbourthorne, was planning to start a family before she was killed by a suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device inside Manchester Arena last Monday.

Taxi boss Jahan Dad said he wanted to pull his drivers together in a show of unity.

A call operator is related to the victim's family and the firm said they would be doing whatever they could to help.

Kelly Brewster

Kelly Brewster

Mr Dad's nephew and taxi driver Hammed Affzal said: "We were absolutely disgusted this evil man killed innocent people in the name of Islam. We’re doing this for Kelly’s family and to help community cohesion by standing as one.

"This is not what Islam is about, anyone who justifies acts of terror in this way is evil and does not represent Muslims.

"We want to show we are one people and to raise money to help the family during this time."

The Sheffield Federation of Mosques has echo that sentiment and said it was 'saddened and horrified' by the attack.

Kelly with partner Ian

Kelly with partner Ian

A spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. This has been a mindless and unjustifiable act, targeting the innocent and young in this indiscriminate manner.

"There are no words to capture the deep anger and frustration we feel by this cowardly and despicable attack. The perpetrators, whoever they may be, must bear the full consequences of their actions.

"We urge our communities to remain calm and united in these difficult times. The terrorists want to divide us, but the Sheffield community undoubtedly will stand in defiance and united with families of the victims and we will do all that we can to share their pain and loss.

"During our Friday prayer, we prayed for the victims, their families and for greater understanding and peace within our communities."

The Sheffield Federation of Mosques said they have launched a fundraiser in memory of Kelly.

Mosque leaders will also be meeting the police to discuss and plan how they can 'work together and play our part in ensuring the security and safety' Sheffield.

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