Normanton volunteers raise thousands from charity car wash held in Derby

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A community group from Normanton has raised more than five thousand pounds from a charity car wash.

Community One, based at the Derby Jamia Mosque in Rose Hill Street, raised the money to provide aid for the victims of the civil war in Yemen.

The civil war has claimed more than 16,000 lives and left 13 million people on the brink of starvation.

It is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with more than 24 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 12 million children.

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With Covid-19 now spreading rapidly, sanitation and clean water are in short supply. Only half of health facilities are functioning, and many that remain operational lack basic equipment like masks and gloves.

The charity car wash was held in Cotton Brook Road on Sunday, June 28. According to one volunteer, it was "very successful" and more than 100 cars were washed on the day.

Faizan Quayum, who volunteers for Community One, said: "It was nice to see so many people from the community come out and support us.

More than 25 volunteers were present throughout the day

"The weather wasn't great and because of the lockdown we didn't expect to wash as many cars as we did, but again the community got behind us, realised the importance of the event and contributed.

"Initially we set a target of £2,500 and thankfully we have doubled it, this will support a lot of people with medical supplies, aid and food.

"We had more than 20 volunteers throughout the day and they all played their part in making sure the event went well.

"Yemen is being neglected as a country and we want to make sure other people see what we are doing and act on it.

"The Muslim community in Derby has been deeply affected by what's happening in Yemen, a Muslim country, and we feel it is our duty to support those who are going through tough times and not forget them."

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