Worcester Muslims Deliver 10,000 Masks to NHS Staff at Worcestershire Royal Hospital07 May 2020
The NHS staff at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital has received a donation of 10,000 face masks to help protect them from the Coronavirus. The masks have been purchased and donated by the trustee council of Worcester’s Muslim cemetery at John Comyn Drive. The trustees said that they hoped the donation would keep the NHS staff safe and said that they were simply observing the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan.
“We all need the NHS at some point in our lives”
The drive was organised by the trustees of the city’s main Muslim cemetery, including Coun Allah Ditta who is also the mayor of Worcester. Speaking to local papers, Coun Ditta said that the masks had cost around £4,500 but said that it was important to support the NHS during this time. He said that many members of his community were cared for by the NHS and this was even more important right now at a time when so many people are in need of “services, care and compassion”.
Coun Ditta himself praised the NHS staff for their “excellent support and help” and said that he wanted to give something back to them. He expressed hope that the donation of masks may trigger further donations, especially as the holy month of Ramadan teaches Muslims to be generous to those less fortunate. “Donating in such a way to our NHS has made this month particularly poignant for me,” Coun Ditta said.
He added, “No matter your religion, I hope we can all use these difficult and trying times to come together and ensure we think of everyone around us and come out stronger, healthier and with stronger communities.”
The community in Worcester has been devastated by coronavirus deaths
Outside London, the Birmingham area and the wider Midlands are the parts of the United Kingdom that have been most effected by the coronavirus outbreak. In Worcester, the local NHS trust confirmed that two more patients died at the hospital on Tuesday. This brings the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the area to 211.