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MEND raises £38,000 for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack

MEND raises £38,000 for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack

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Friday October 06 2017

MEND (Muslim Engagement & Development) have raised £38,000 for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attacked in May. They handed over the cheque on 4th October to the British Red Cross in Manchester, who co-orinated and administered the fundraising in the aftermath of the attack

Dr Shazad Amin is CEO of MEND and retired in February 2017 from his post as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Trafford General Hospital in Manchester, which he had held for 17 years. When asked why he had set up the fund Dr Amin  said “ this was an appalling attack on our children as they enjoyed a night out, never to return to their families. We felt that we wanted to do something to help the families practically”

He added it was a real boost to hear that Russell Brand had generously donated the proceeds of one of his shows in May to the MEND fund

Dr Siema Iqbal is a GP in North Manchester and is also Chair of the Manchester MEND Working Group. She added that “all atrocities are awful but this one really hit home because it was in our back yard in Manchester and many of the victims were children, just like my own. I cannot imagine what those parents are still going through”

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Red Cross at their offices in Manchester, Kerry Threadgill , Senior Community Fundraiser in Greater Manchester, Cheshire & Wirral said “On behalf of everyone at the British Red Cross, I would like to say a huge thank you to all at MEND for their incredible generosity and support. The amazing total they have raised will make a huge difference in supporting those who were affected by the Manchester attack and their families.”

Pictured above are (L to R, Dalya Perry Bernstein, Executive Assistant, MEND, Dr Shazad Amin, CEO, MEND, Kerry Threadgill, Senior Community Fundraiser, Britsh Red Cross, and Dr Siema Iqbal, Chair of Manchester MEND Working Group).

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