Volunteers from a Madrasah have been helping those sleeping rough during the recent bitterly cold spell of weather.

Members of the Madrasah Zeenatul Quran said their aim was to engage with people on the street and have launched a ‘homeless program’, helping the less fortunate in Blackburn and Darwen.

The team have already distributed essential packs containing jackets, socks, hand sanitisers and food.

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Maulana Faruk Patel, Principal of Madrasah Zeenatul Quran said: “We are all facing new challenges this year, but winter is always hard for people who are homeless. That is why it is vital we are still here when they need our support more than ever.

“The UK’s homeless population is especially vulnerable to the crippling effects of the Coronavirus pandemic

“People sleeping on the street are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence. More than one in three people sleeping rough have been deliberately hit or kicked or experienced some other form of violence whilst homeless.”

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Maulana Patel added, “We believe that charity begins at home, which is why we always ready to help those in need throughout the UK.

“We are feeding the homeless, caring for the elderly, helping refugees, responding to emergencies throughout the country and doing everything we can to make the UK a safe and happy place to live for us all - but we couldn't do any of this without your generous support.”