Charity Boxes for The Elderly Donated by Worthing Masjid08 Jun 2020
As the coronavirus lockdown-related social and economic difficulties continue to grip the UK, many people remain reliant on charitable donations from their fellows to get by on a day-to-day basis. Although the holy month of Ramadan, usually associated with charitable actions, has ended, charitable actions by mosques around the country continue.
In Worthing, the town’s main masjid has donated 500 food parcels, containing basic food necessities. These parcels are mainly aimed at the elderly who remain at risk from the coronavirus and are worried about where their next meal will come from.
The Worthing Masjid partnered with Age UK for its donations
The drive has been organised by the Worthing Masjid, which serves and represents the local Muslim community of over 1,500 people. The masjid has already carried out a number of charitable acts to help those suffering from poverty during the coronavirus crisis, as well as those who remain vulnerable to the virus.
For this round of charitable donations, the Worthing Masjid has partnered with Age UK West Sussex and Brighton and Hove to identify vulnerable elderly people who may be in need of help and distribute food parcels. The parcels themselves contain items such as break, milk and tinned foods. The deliveries themselves will be made by volunteers from a local company, the Kitchen Cleaning Group.
“Many older people are still worried about where their next meal is coming from during this pandemic, so grocery deliveries are one of our key priorities,” said Helen Rice, the chief executive, Age UK West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.
Meanwhile, Ali Abdul Rahman, the chairman of Worthing Masjid, said that he is pleased to work with Age UK to help the local elderly. Rahman said that isolation of many elderly is a serious problem at this time and emphasized that Islam reaches Muslims to respect and care for older people.
Over the course of the holy month of Ramadan, Age UK has partnered with various mosques around the country to help support vulnerable and isolated elderly people. Previously, Age UK’s Bradford Branch collaborated with Keighley Jamia Masjid in Lawkholme, alongside other faith activists, to provide support for the elderly in the area.