At a time when many across the world are looking ahead to the plentiful food and drink to be consumed at Christmas, members of Clitheroe’s Muslim community have been sparing a thought for those in the Ribble Valley who have very little to eat or drink over the festive period.
Working in collaboration with Clitheroe Foodbank, the Muslim youngsters and their families have been collecting various items of non-perishable foods to brighten up Christmas for those less fortunate than themselves .
In total some 800 kg of food – enough to provide 1,005 meals –has been donated in the past couple of months by local Muslim families and will be distributed to needy local individuals in the Ribble Valley via Clitheroe Foodbank.
Community spokesman Farouk Hussain said: “It’s wonderful to see the youth of today helping those less fortunate within the community.
“It certainly helps the children and their families realise and appreciate how lucky they are to have regular warm food and a bed to sleep in each night.
“Hopefully it will foster a spirit of community involvement for these children and families, encouraging them all to serve the local and wider community in a tolerant, respectful and sympathetic manner.”
Clitheroe Foodbank Manager Ruth Haldane said: “We want to thank the Clitheroe Muslim community for collecting and donating this food to foodbank.
“It will make a real difference to those in crisis in the Ribble Valley.”