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Worthing Mosque secures donation of 500 grocery boxes to Age UK West Sussex Brighton & Hove

Published on 08 June 2020 09:45 AM

Worthing Mosque is supporting older people locally, having secured the funds for Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove (WSBH) to collate and distribute 500 grocery boxes. The boxes, which are made up by Age UK WSBH for those self-isolating, include things like bread, milk and tinned foods and will be distributed to people across Worthing over the coming weeks.

Worthing Mosque represents and serves a Muslim Community of over 1500, providing prayer facilities and education services among other things. Since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, the Mosque has carried out several activities to tackle poverty and help vulnerable people within the local community, including this latest collaboration with Age UK WSBH.

Age UK WSBH is also working with local company the Kitchen Cleaning Group which has volunteered to help make the deliveries to people’s doorsteps.

Helen Rice, Chief Executive at Age UK WSBH said “Many older people are still worried about where their next meal is coming from during this pandemic, so grocery deliveries are one of our key priorities. We’re so grateful to Worthing Mosque for partnering with us on this and also to the Kitchen Cleaning Group who are helping us with the logistics. Boxes like these make a huge difference and it’s lovely to see smiles on the faces of recipients when we deliver.”

Ali Abdul Rahman, Chairman of Worthing Mosque said: “We’re very pleased to be working with Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove to deliver this vital support to people in the area. Islam teaches us to respect and care for older people, and at a time like this, when many older people are more vulnerable and isolated than ever, it’s important we come together as a community to help in any way we can.”

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove has quickly adapted the way it works in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The charity is offering information and advice, doorstep deliveries, emergency welfare and safety support for the most vulnerable, telephone befriending and wellbeing advice.