Muslim community help Redbridge’s rough sleepers

The Muslim Community as part of the Redbridge Faith Forum has donated brand new winter clothes to The Welcome Centre in...

The Muslim Community as part of the Redbridge Faith Forum has donated brand new winter clothes to The Welcome Centre in Ilford. Mohammed Omer, Board member of Muslim Community of Redbridge, Jacquie Grieve, Chair of Redbridge Faith Forum and Sonia Lynch, Welcome Centre Manager handing over the clothes to some of the centres clients. - Credit: Archant

Hats, coats and gloves will be keeping rough sleepers slightly warmer this Christmas after a large donation from the Muslim community.

Mohammed Omar, a board member for the Gardens of Peace Muslim Cemetery, presented the haul to the Welcome Centre in St Marys Road, Ilford last week.

About 300 items were donated including scarves, coats and trousers among other items.

Mr Omar, 55, said: “It is extremely important because in our religion we are taught that it is our duty to help anyone who is less well off than ourselves.”

“Homelessness does not only affect one faith community and we are happy to assist in any way possible.”


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Sonia Lynch, manager at the Welcome Centre which gives homeless people support ranging from medical assistance to new clothes, said she was grateful for the donation.

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