Muslim charities respond to South Yorkshire flooding
In early November, Northern England experienced widespread flooding. Over 1000 properties have been affected, and residents were evacuated from their homes. Sadly, families may need to wait at least six to twelve months to get back to normal. Many families have full or part cover insurance, however, at least 30% do not have any insurance. Individuals are still in shock as they became homeless within an hour of the flooding, just weeks before the festive season.
In recognition of the immediate and long-term needs of the communities affected by the floods, the Muslim Charities Forum board decided that we should visit the flood-affected areas and contribute as a collective response on behalf of British Muslim Charities.
A joint delegation from MCF and members visited some of the worst-hit areas, for example, Fishlake village. They witnessed the amazing response from the local community where a historic church was turned into a community comfort space and was storing a warehouse full of donations such as food, water, clothes and blankets for local residents.
Nine MCF members (Al-Imdaad Foundation, Islamic Relief UK, Muslim Aid, WF Aid, Muslim Charity, Human Appeal, Muslim Hands, Al-Khair Foundation and Islamic Help) have collectively contributed with an initial fund of £16,500, which has been transferred to our local partner on the ground, South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF).
MCF’s CEO, Fadi Itani highlights “this is an opportunity, as Muslim humanitarian organisations to work collectively and demonstrate our solidarity and support with the local impacted communities.”
SYCF are responsible for supporting the locals and have established the ‘South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal’. The contribution MCF Members have made will be directed towards those who were hit hardest by the flooding, for example the people of Bentley, a suburb of Doncaster.
SYCF’s CEO, Ruth Willis stresses the need to continue supporting those affected, “The more SYCF raises with the South Yorkshire Disaster Relief Appeal the more we will be able to do to help local people facing huge expense to make their homes habitable again. We can’t thank the Muslim Charities Forum enough for their ongoing care and support for this cause.”
In closing, as a collective of UK Muslim Charities, the Muslim Charities Forum expresses its solidarity with the affected communities and we will continue monitoring the situation in the weeks and months to follow. We are grateful to SYCF in facilitating our response.
For further information, please contact:
Salma Begum, firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)20 3096 1983