Volunteers from Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) Sheffield branch visited the Children’s ward at Sheffield Children Hospital & Springwood Residential Nursing home delivering gifts to spread seasonal joy.

The initiative is part of the AMYA’s national ‘Muslims for Humanity’ campaign in which its volunteers are aiming to bring a smile to the vulnerable and sick over the winter.

Shahzad Ahmed Youth leader for Sheffield Chapter said: “As a youth charity we try to educate young people that each of us has a social responsibility to help our local communities, especially those challenged by sickness. We are trying to do this by getting out into the community and offering smiles and some simple gifts.”

Mr Kevin Hartshorn, Play Specialist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital said: “Thank you for doing something amazing and helping us to make Christmas that little bit brighter for our patients and their families, who are in hospital at this special time of the year.”

Some of the gifts were donated by Clare Harewood of Huddersfield who set up a Facebook appeal when she heard that her local radio station was collecting toys for needy children. She missed the deadline for the radio station that could no longer accept the presents and appealed to the public for help which was picked up by AMYA volunteers. She said, “The response from public has been overwhelming. I hope we can do this again next year and I am grateful to AMYA for their help.”

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