The dream of building a Children’s hospital in Leicester has come one step closer thanks to a generous donation from the local Muslim community.
Planned in Leicester, Children’s Hospital for the East Midlands would cost around £35m. After the £250,000 donation from Leicester-based Islamic charity Drop of Compassion, the hospital appeal has hit the £5m milestone.
The charity “looked forward to the completion of phase one,” Drop of Compassion chairperson Ismail Patel told Leicester Mercury.
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“We are proud to present this donation on behalf of our supporters and the wider Muslim community in Leicester.
“All of us have a stake in wanting the children’s hospital services in our region to be as good as they can be.
“It is so pleasing to see all areas of our community rally together to support the appeal,” he added.
Drop of Compassion is a UK-based charity that currently works in Malawi, Bangladesh and West Bengal.
A young vibrant group of professionals, entrepreneurs and volunteers runs the charity from Leicester, UK.
The generous donation has won applause from Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal chairman Stephen Woolf.
“All of us involved with this landmark project are delighted that we’ve reached this significant milestone,” he said.
“We are deeply grateful to Drop of Compassion and the Muslim community in Leicester for such a generous donation to the appeal.
“To have raised £5nmillion already shows how much the people Leicester care about giving our children the new hospital they deserve.”
Islam lays a great emphasis on the virtue of neighborliness, stressing on Muslims’ individual duty to be good to neighbors.
This act of generosity falls in line with what many British Muslims have been doing to help their community.
Muslim businessman Yousuf Bhaliok, for instance, donated £200,000 to NHS in March, launching an appeal to raise £1 million.