Ilford women’s charity looking to future after celebrating first 10 years

An Ilford-based charity celebrated 10 years of improving women’s lives in Redbridge on Friday.

Awaaz supports women and works with police to help victims of domestic violence.

The group also runs activities including keep-fit Bhangra dancing, dressmaking and trips.

Founder and chairwoman Bushra Tahir said the charity is getting bigger and better.

She added: “We’ve had a huge response from women coming to join us.

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“We work to improve mental heath and provide somewhere for women to come and mix and chill out.

“So many people have benefited over the years.”

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More than 140 people joined Bushra to celebrate the charity’s 10th anniversary at Kanchans restaurant in Gants Hill on Friday.

She thanked all the sponsors for donating raffle prizes. The event raised around �1,000.

Awaaz is based in Holstock Road, Ilford, and runs activities from the Loxford Polyclinic in Ilford Lane.

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