Donations Flooding in

    Friday, October 28th 2005
    This is Leicestershire

    Hundreds of people in Leicester and Leicestershire are continuing to dig deep and donate money to the earthquake appeal.

    Almost a month after the disaster in northern Pakistan, fund-raisers say people are continuing to be generous.

    Donations by congregations in mosques in Leicester continue to flood in.

    The disaster struck on October 8 and, according to the UN, it has cost the lives of more than 50,000 people.

    Salim Ingar, the Midlands co-ordinator for the Ummah Welfare Trust, said £200,000 had been raised in Leicester and Leicestershire alone.

    He said: 'We are finding people are being even more generous because they can see the work we have done and want to do more.'

    Malik Salim, vice-chairman of Conduit Street Mosque, in Leicester, said almost £20,000 had been raised through donations from worshippers.

    He said: 'All the money we have raised has been through donations. The festival of Eid is coming up at the end of next week and we are hopeful that people within the Muslim community will carry on giving.'

    The Leicester Mercury and international aid organisation Unicef have launched a joint appeal to help survivors.

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