Sheffield community spread Eid joy by raising money for Children’s Hospital

A Sheffield community has come together to spread the joy of Eid by raising more than £3,000 and gifts for the Children's Hospital just in time for the religious festival this week.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 11:58 am

The fundraising campaign - which started on the first week of the fasting month of Ramadan last month - was a collective effort of the students and staff from Sheffield Park Academy and High Hazels Academy.

A strong community partnership by Darnall Football Academy and Industry Road Mosque played its part too, said one of the organisers, Shufqat Khan

The head of the EAL (English as an additional language) and community partnership at Sheffield Park Academy and chair of Governors at High Hazels Academy said: "We bought loads of gifts, educational material, fun toys and some sweets for the children.

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Mr Shufqat Khan (left) pictured with High Hazels Academy Head Teacher Mrs Asma Maqsood-Shah (two from left), Sheffield Park Academy Head Teacher, Mr Roland Freeman (centre) and two representatives from the Industry Road Mosque.

"The community was so generous - especially the mosque and our community partners. I would like to thank them and I hope we can continue our success."

He also said that it was inspiring to note that the fundraising went from £1,200 through a litter-picking activity when they first started to more than double in a matter of three weeks.

And now they are looking to extend their charity work beyond the holy month of Ramadan.

Mr Khan said: "We will be looking at international charities by working with one of our partners. We will look at that further down the line."

In total, they have raised over £3,000 for the Children's Hospital. Picture by Shufqat Khan

He said the money and gifts collected have been presented to the Sheffield Children's Hospital on Monday morning (May 10).