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Redbridge firefighters overwhelmed by donations after Grenfell Tower tragedy

PUBLISHED: 16:46 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:16 04 July 2017

Members of IG Soc:Connecting Muslims in Redbridge at Hainault Fire Station (credit: Aiesha Shakoor)

Members of IG Soc:Connecting Muslims in Redbridge at Hainault Fire Station (credit: Aiesha Shakoor)

Aiesha Shakoor

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower block fire, firefighters across Redbridge have been overwhelmed by kindhearted donations from a Muslim community group.

A hamper dropped off at Woodford fire station (credit: Salma Jamil)A hamper dropped off at Woodford fire station (credit: Salma Jamil)

Khalid Sharif, 43, founder of “IG Soc:Connecting Muslims in Redbridge” said they wanted to give thanks to the heroes who risk everything.

In Redbridge, some of the borough’s firefighters were called to north Kensington after the blaze, which has claimed at least 80 lives so far, broke out.

After the Barkingside resident issued a call on Facebook for volunteers to give thanks, kind-hearted members Yasmin Khan, Natasha Iqbal, Shehnaaz Desai and Razwana Hafiz got stuck in.

Now, hampers of sweet and savoury treats have been dropped off at all the stations across Redbridge in recognition of the hard work carried out by the men and women.

A fruit basket dropped off at Ilford fire station (credit: IG Soc:Connecting Muslims in Redbridge)A fruit basket dropped off at Ilford fire station (credit: IG Soc:Connecting Muslims in Redbridge)

At Ilford fire station, resident Natasha Iqbal ensured the firefighters wouldn’t be going hungry as she dropped off hampers of sweet treats along with dinner.

Khalid said the group wanted to “thank them and let them know the Muslim community appreciates all that they have done.”

He said: “It was really good to visit Ilford fire station last week and drop off a hamper.

“The firefighters were overwhelmed by all the goods that people have been dropping off.”

After a friend in West London dropped off gifts at his local fire station, Khalid said he was inspired to carry out the same deed in Redbridge.

He said: “We really want to thank the emergency services.

“When I put the call out, I thought maybe one or two people might respond but actually its had a massive response!

“We just wanted to say thank you for all they have done.

The group, which was set up about 10 years ago, initially began as an email group but its thriving community has now transferred to Facebook, added Khalid.

He said: “It’s a really important space for us.

“It initially began as a place just to help people out but its grown to about 1,000 households.”

To learn more about the group, click here.


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