FAITH, HOPE and charity came together when pupils at a Whitechapel Muslim school decided to help a Docklands hospice. Al-Mizan Primary School in Whitechapel last week raised almost £500 for Richard House.
The children approached friends and family for donations and carried out extra home chores.
Though it opened only in 2000, Richard House in Newham is London’s oldest hospice for children. A hospice is a hospital for people with conditions from which they are not expected to recover. Richard House needs to raise £2.75 million a year to provide for its patients.
The school’s headteacher, Musleh Faradhi, said: “Giving to charity is integral to being a Muslim. We want our students to learn this as a fundamental part of growing up, so they take care of others.”
The Koran says: “Of their goods, take alms so that thou mightiest purify and sanctify them.”
Sheikh Abdul Qayum, the imam of East London Mosque and a patron of Richard House, commented: “As a patron of Richard House, I know of the incredible work that goes into helping children who are terminally ill.
“It was with great joy that I learnt that students of Al-Mizan school raised money that will help Richard House.”