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Keighley charity make £10,000 in memory donation to Airedale Hospital & Community Charity

By 7 June 2024No Comments

Mohammed Saddique, founder of local charity Asra Welfare Trust made an exceptionally generous donation to Airedale Hospital & Community Charity’s Emergency Department Appeal in memory of his beloved wife.

Mohammed, who lives in Keighley, founded the Asra Welfare Trust in 2011 after the unexpected passing of his wife and has been donating to local charities and organisations since.

Zara Iqbal, Mohammed’s Granddaughter said: “We strive to make donations to local causes and hope to become regular donors to Airedale Hospital. Through this donation, we wanted to inspire other local people to consider donating to the hospital as most of us will visit or spend time in hospital as patients at some point in our life. We have seen through the work of the charity that even a small donation can go a long way especially in the Emergency Department.

“There are certain aspects that the NHS budget doesn’t provide funding for, this is where we can fundraise to provide additional comforts for users of the hospital that everyone can benefit from.”

The £10,000 was raised primarily by local businesses, friends and family members who have said to be inspired by Mohammed’s generosity and kindness. Mohammed started his fundraising campaign after talking about his own experiences at Airedale Hospital and the work of the charity. He has since taken to Facebook to reach a wider audience for the cause.

Zara added: “Grandad is quite new to Facebook and has become a tech guru through this fundraising process!

“We are so proud and grateful to the staff at Airedale for working so hard for their community and patients, it takes a special kind of person to dedicate their work to helping others.”

Jodie Hearnshaw, Charity Manager said: “We were completely overwhelmed by this incredible donation to our Emergency Department Appeal. The generosity of Mohammed, Zara, their family and friends is truly inspirational. We’re so grateful to them for pushing us even closer to the Appeal target and for supporting our colleagues.”

The focus of the appeal is to give areas within the Emergency Department a little TLC after nearly 10 years of use.

Work will include the refurbishment of the paediatric waiting area and the bereavement facilities as well as purchasing new sensory equipment to improve the environment. If you would like to donate to the appeal visit: www.justgiving.com/campaign/airedaleed

Funds raised for Airedale Hospital and Community Charity help support staff and patient wellbeing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and the surrounding community, providing items and services that are above and beyond NHS funding.

For more information, visit www.airedalecharity.org, or contact the Charity team at anhsft.charity@nhs.net or by phone at 01535 294870.