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Indian Women’s Community UK secures National Lottery grant

A SERIES of well-being and light exercise projects will get underway in Bradford after a community group secured National Lottery funding.

Indian Women’s Community UK has been successful with a funding bid from the lottery’s Community Fund.

The group will use the cash to deliver well-being and light physical exercise projects for older generations of women across the Bradford district.

The projects will get underway next month.

The Indian Women’s Community UK group was set up at the beginning of the pandemic to raise money for charities and public sector organisations most impacted by Covid-19. Members originally raised money to buy PPE for the NHS, before deciding to raise money for the Sparkle for Axl appeal. They have raised money online, with members meeting via Zoom.

An Indian Women’s Community UK spokesman hailed the lottery funding, adding it will help elderly woman back into physical meetings after they have been affected since the pandemic.

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Indian Women’s Group Raises Funds For Young Hospital Patients

Young patients in Bradford’s hospitals have benefited from toys and specialist play equipment thanks to fantastic fundraising by the Indian Women’s Community UK group.

The community group presented a cheque for £2,500 raised for the Bradford Hospitals’ Charity Sparkle for Axl appeal. Members of the group have raised £6,004 in total for Sparkle for Axl over the past two years.

Bradford Hospitals’ Charity – the official NHS charity partner of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – holds its Sparkle for Axl appeal each Christmas in memory of little Axl Walker, who was a regular patient in Bradford Royal Infirmary’s children’s ward before he sadly died three days before his third birthday. The money raised is used to buy toys and specialist play equipment for young patients to help distract them from hospital treatment and put a smile on their face when they’re in hospital.

Bradford Hospitals’ Charity spends around £15,000 each year on toys, books, crafts and specialist play equipment for patients across Bradford Teaching Hospitals.

More toys than ever have been needed since the beginning of the pandemic, with children required to remain in their rooms during a hospital stay. Play specialists make up around 60 toy boxes each day for patients, all of which must be thoroughly cleaned after each use.

The Indian Women’s Community UK group was set up at the beginning of the pandemic to raise money for charities and public sector organisations most impacted by Covid-19. Members originally raised money to buy PPE for the NHS, before deciding to raise money for the Sparkle for Axl appeal. They have raised money online, with members meeting via Zoom.

Indu Dharni, chairperson for Indian Women’s Community UK, said:

We are overwhelmed with how much we have raised. It’s such a satisfying feeling to know that the money will be helping others. It is also very important to us that the money is going so close to home here in Bradford, to help children at Bradford Teaching Hospitals.

The group presented their cheque to Hayley Collis (Head of Fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity), and Claire Walker (Axl’s mum).

Hayley Collis said:

We’re overwhelmed by the generosity of the Indian Women’s Community UK group for raising such an impressive sum for our young patients.

You cannot underestimate the power of play for children and young people who are receiving treatment in hospital and in the community. The toys, games, books and crafts make the world of difference and help our children at what can be a very stressful time.

For more information about the Sparkle for Axl appeal, you can watch the appeal film at https://youtu.be/UhnTMIpHqBA

If you would like to know more about making a donation or fundraising, please call the Bradford Hospitals’ Charity team on 01274 274809 or email charity@bthft.nhs.uk

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Community Stars 2021: Fundraiser of the Year finalists

THE Fundraiser of the Year award aims to recognise the huge efforts that goes on – often behind the scenes – to bring change to communities.

This year’s finalists are the IWCUK (Indian Women’s Community UK), Shazuna Ali and St Anne’s School, Keighley.

The IWCUK helped those in need during the pandemic, raising over £10,000 to help Bradford food banks and hospitals.

The IWCUK also helped to distribute essential items to paramedics, police and care home staff, along with the help of another group, Bradford Hindu Council.

“IWCUK have helped so many people. Especially local students, who were really struggling during Covid as there were less jobs”, said a person who nominated them.

“These students required simple things like food, during these difficult circumstances. IWCUK handed out parcels so they had food to cook. Even students who were pregnant or recently had children needed basic things like baby car seats, prams and cots – IWCUK collected lots of items to help these students.”

Shazuna helped to organise a number of events to help support young people during Covid, planning and coordinating two large Eid events to help bring children together safely.

She raised funds from local businesses and friends so that she could buy gifts for the children, and raised over £1,000 in the process.

“Many families said this was vital as they could not afford gifts for their children, as they had lost their jobs during Covid. Shazuna put smiles on hundreds of children’s faces”, said a person who nominated her.

“Shazuna is kind, passionate and always puts others first”, they added.

“She will make sure that she gives 100 per cent and will not let you down. She is always available to help and support whenever she can – a true community champion.”

St Anne’s School has been nominated for raising over £2,500 for Airedale Hospital and going “the extra mile” for the community.

“From the moment you set foot into St Anne’s school, you can feel the buzz and excitement”, said a person who nominated it.

“The school team has created an inspirational environment for its students to learn, develop and thrive.

“They are inclusive and thoughtful, kind and hard working and this really rubs off on their students.

“In, February they launched their ‘St Anne’s are going the extra mile’ fundraising campaign.

“During the week, staff took it in turns to cycle on an exercise bike, including during live story time sessions and assemblies.

“They asked students and families to join in at home. Whether cycling, running or walking, everyone kept track of the miles they had done collectively.

“St Anne’s thought of it all. They included everyone. They inspired their students to join in, stay healthy and raise money as a team. It was inspirational.”

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Helping some of our international students in Bradford.

Namaste. Hope everyone is safe & well and those eligible have had vaccinations to keep them safe. This weekend saw IWCUK back helping some of our international students in Bradford. Some have recently had wonderful babies and some are expecting soon! IWCUK have been so fortunate to have wonderful support from their members and Indian community who have donated so many wonderful things to pass onto those in need. We can’t thank everyone enough for their continuing support and kind gestures to help. The students and their families are very thankful for all the items donated by IWCUK. Thank you also to those who helped with the distribution to the two families.

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Thank everyone so far who has helped support the IWCUK India Covid Crisis Appeal

Namaste. IWCUK would like to thank everyone so far who has helped support the IWCUK India Covid Crisis Appeal. Please see the short video showing what the funds have been spent on so far. Tomorrow there will be a food camp put up to hand out food bags and PPE essentials to those people in need during this awful Covid Crisis. Some food bags will be delivered to those in isolation. IWCUK would like to thank Mr. Devinder Sharma and his volunteers for going out buying and bagging up essentials food bags. Devinder has also teamed up with a local pharmacy and a doctor to advise on what is essential to distribute. IWCUK will continue to help those in need during these difficult circumstances. IWCUK have also helped to buy cold drinks and snacks for all volunteers who are helping during such hot conditions to make up essential food bags to dispatch

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Monday Munch Homeless Support was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Parthasarathi on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

Namaste everyone food for Monday Munch Homeless Support was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Parthadarathi on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. We wish them a very happy Anniversary and pray for God’s blessings for them. The message below is from Mrs. Chandra Parthasarathy .
We eloped on 5th May 1961 and got married at Arysamaj New Delhi. We went on our honeymoon for two weeks at Hill Station Mussorie. 1st Picture is on the day with two witnesses & Pujari. 2nd one on 15/04/21 on my husband’s 86th birthday at our daughter’s Sharda garden. We both are quite religious and believe in Charities. We run a children’s home of 40 children aged between 4 to 15 years in Coimbatore South India for the last 15/16 years.
Thanks very much, Mr. and Mrs. Parthadarathi Ji. God bless you

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Food for Monday Munchies

Namaste everyone. This Week’s food for Monday Munchies was donated by Bebi Ji in celebration of the birth of her granddaughter Millie. Congratulations and a very big thank you to Bebi Ji and her family. Thank you everyone for your continued support. Stay safe

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IWCUK’s turn to help with the Bradford Curry Project

Namaste. This week it was IWCUK’s turn to help with the Bradford Curry Project. We would like to thank Mrs. Khanna and Mr. David Khanna & Family for kindly supporting this week’s meals for over 50 vulnerable people. This was dedicated to the late Mr. S L Khanna who passed away in April 2020. Thank you also to the following for making the project possible, Indu Dharni, Ravinder Dharni, Vipin Joshi, David Khanna, Sanj Singh, Deepak Sharma, and Ajay Chatrath. May Mr. Khanna’s soul rest in peace

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Food Donation project is going very well in India

Namaste, everyone IWCUK group’s food Donation project is going very well in India. Since we have started this project our group has donated 3 weeks of food to 150 families including Disabled people. Thanks very much to everyone who has supported this project

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Helping overseas students

Radhe Radhe everyone hopes you are all well. Our group has been helping overseas students with cooked food while they have been self-isolating due to Covid. A very big thank you to Shalu Rana, Indu Dharni, Poonam Basra, Bebi Ji, and Dina Mistry for cooking food for these students from last Tuesday to Sunday 🙏🕉👏👏