Ilford Salvation Army receives huge donation by Redbridge’s Muslims for the homeless

PUBLISHED: 14:45 15 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:45 15 December 2015

Musa Ahmed, left, aged 13, and Noorul-Huda, right, aged eight, with donations. Photo: Sandra Rowse

Musa Ahmed, left, aged 13, and Noorul-Huda, right, aged eight, with donations. Photo: Sandra Rowse


Redbridge’s Muslim community completed their annual donation to groups in Ilford who support the borough’s homeless during winter.

The Federation of Redbridge Muslim Organisations (FoRMO) – a collection of Mosques and schools – have gathered food and toiletries for the past few weeks.

The organisation had an “overwhelming response” for from affiliates and members, and donated the supplies to the Salvation Army’s Cold Weather Centre in Clements Road, Ilford, on Sunday.

Farouk Ismail, chairman of FoRMO, stated: “Redbridge Muslims have done us proud by their generosity and willingness to support the needy in Redbridge irrespective of race or religion for the fourth year.

“The community has reinforced its commitment to support the essential work of the Night Shelter and Welcome Centre.”

Donations were also made to the Redbridge Night Shelter, York Road, Ilford, and the Welcome Centre, in St. Mary’s Road, Ilford.

Goods were organised at the Gardens of Peace cemetery, Elmbridge Road, Hainault, by the children of the South Woodford and Balfour Road Mosques, as well Apex Primary School.

The Al Ansar Islamic Education Centre provided 20 sleeping bags and a commercial toaster for use at the night shelter.

John Clifton, who runs the Ilford Salvation Army with his wife Naomi, said that the turnout was “as good as always,” and lauded the “amazing amount of resources” which were provided.

He also spoke of his respect for interfaith collaboration: “It’s great to see how many Muslims came out to support the Night Shelter.”

Other affiliates donated £2,000, which will be used to make another trip to The Welcome Centre and the Salvation Army in January, 2016.

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