A massive helping hand for flood victims came from members of the Ahmadiyya Youth Association in Huddersfield.
Young people from Huddersfield have been playing a vital role in helping tackle the floods devastating parts of Britain.
Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association and the Sikh group Khalsa Aid travelled to many parts of the country to help churches and community groups.
They spent hours working with local community groups to wade through the mud and water and lay sandbags in Worcester.
Supt Kevin Purcell, of North Worcester Police said: “It was a very generous gesture by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, who donated large number of blankets to troops on the flood effort in Worcester. The troops, police and community are truly appreciative. My words may be kind, they are just words, your action and deeds are so much more.’’
Earlier in the week soldiers, members of a local church and volunteers from the AMYAworked tirelessly to clear and fortify St Pauls Church in Staines. And a group of volunteers from the same Muslim group worked with the local community to prepare St Peter’s Church in Chertsey so that a local wedding could go ahead.
Kamal Aftab, a national AMYA disaster and relief co-ordinator from Huddersfield, said: ‘’Several hundred volunteers have taken time off work to travel hundreds of miles to assist with relief efforts. I can’t describe how touched we have all been by the warmth of the communities and people we have assisted. We are proud to be able to work alongside other faith groups and the army.’’
Clr Shannon Saise-Marshall, of Runnymede, , said: “I’m here at the Runnymede Council and we are publicly thanking
Volunteers have been based in Surrey, Berkshire, Middlesex, Dorset, Somerset, the Midlands, and North West England. The AMYA is operating a 24 hour rota with a central team surveying the hardest hit areas and deploying volunteers, 4×4 vehicles and supplies wherever there is a need.