THE COMMUNITY has rallied together to help fire crews and other organisations fighting the fires on Saddleworth and Tameside moors which have been raging for two weeks.
Among them is the Al-Khair Foundation’s Oldham office, run by manager Hamida Begum.
He said: “Since the moorland fires started I have been in constant touch with Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue and the Salvation Army, offering any relief and support we can.
“Al-Khair is a global charity and we are always at the forefront of any major disaster and incident internationally.
“I was greatly concerned by the fires, the impact it had on our Saddleworth neighbours and businesses. I have been assured any families evacuated are being cared for by family and friends.
“In situations like these we are able to assist with hot meals, food, drinks, shelter, volunteers etc.
“Our thoughts are with the fire crews, all personnel and the army, who are doing a terrific job in these awful condition.
“Our message is you are our real heroes, you put your lives at risk to protect us. Our heart-felt gratitude and prayers are always with you.”
To help out, the Foundation donated cases of energy drinks, water, suncream, insect repellent, crisps, and breakfast bars.
Mr Begum added: “We also are on stand by for any assistance required. I love Oldham I grew up here and in incidents like these the community spirit and the best of us shine. ”
Al-Khair Foundation (AKF) is an international Muslim aid NGO based in the United Kingdom, providing humanitarian support, international development and emergency aid in some of the world’s most deprived areas. Find out more online: www.Alkhair.org