From a young age charity work has always played a significant part in my life. My hero and late father, Mohammed Rashid, was an unstoppable force when it came to charity work, always giving whatever time and energy he could spare to those less fortunate and I’m proud to say this legacy has left its mark on me too. I have now made it my mission and passion to help better the community we live in and organise fundraising events for the charities that have touched my heart.
One of our most recent events was for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice who provide specialist palliative and neurological care for people facing a frightening and life-changing diagnosis, helping to support the family and friends effected too. After losing family members and friends to cancer – I wanted to do what I could to help support this amazing charity and as a result held our first fundraising event for Manorlands in 2016.
Our events showcase fantastic performers from RDS Dance Group, Bharathantyam Fusion Dancers, Hollingwood Cheerleaders/Dancers, Ashland’s Primary School Dancers, Enaid Entertainments, Albion Street Band, Natural Rhythm Ska Band and new for this year- a performance from the North Wind Tribal Belly Dancers. Vocal tributes were also made by local young performers as well as tributes made by Danielle Whitfield, Andrea Unsworth and Janet Unsworth Angel in aid of their mother/grandmother, Dorothy May Unsworth, who sadly passed away from cancer in November, 2018.
Our charity night is only made possible due to the huge team of volunteers and performers, this year’s performers include – Natural Rhythm Band, Albion Street Band, Northwind Tribal Belly Dancers, Eddie Hindle Magician/MC Rapper and all the local Dance Groups/Singers/Tribute Acts. Thank you to Josh “Sound Boi” for organising the PA system raising money for Manorlands Hospice and a massive thank you to all the businesses, who just like my father, give what they can, whenever they can to make it a huge success! Every year we aim to raise more than the previous year and would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved for supporting my vision and raising crucial funds that Manorlands needs to stay open.
Business Community: Every year the Business Community unite in donating delicious food for the Charity event. They all show an interest when been approached and give whole heartedly. Thank you.
Performers: Our performers come from a wide range, from young people to adults, dancers to singers, who keep the audience entertained. We cannot thank them enough for sacrificing their time to make the night successful.
Audience: The audience are the bread and butter of the Charity night from entering the venue to leaving; they show their generosity by making donations throughout the evening from purchasing raffle tickets and making financial donations.
Volunteers: Volunteers play a large and vital role in making the Charity event manageable and successful, coming together from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, travelling from as far as London, Scotland, Nottingham, Ramsbottom as well as locally based people.
It’s really important that we use events like this to give people of all abilities, a platform to showcase their talents and skills – especially the young people, to stand up in front of a crowd of people and perform what they have been working on for months is a really big achievement and helps build confidence which is an another important aspect of what this is night is about.
The money this event has raised is truly incredible and will help so many people in the local community living with incurable illnesses. A huge thank you must go to all the volunteers, performers and businesses who contributed something towards this evening; not least of which Shakil, who has put in countless hours of time and energy to ensure it all comes together on the night. Without this input none of this would be possible and we are so privileged to have him as a Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice supporter.
A number of Bradford based businesses also get behind our events to show their support, either through providing donations or food on the night.
The response we have had from local businesses year in, year out, when asking for support is brilliant, for them it’s about been a part of an event that is so rewarding. All of us can be affected by limiting illnesses, so for a community to come together and raise money for a fantastic cause that actively helps people in these circumstances, is incredible and the businesses that support this event recognise that.
I must say a huge thank you to the long list of volunteers that give up their time to bring everything together. A reminder that this event is all about people and communities and when we come together we can accomplish great things.
The 2019 event was also marked with the attendance of special guests – The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford who took time out to come and witness the fantastic display of local talent and diversity these events are famous for.
Overall the event raised a staggering total of £10,200.00 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Community Fundraiser Harriet Wood said