Bradford Hindu Council organise food collection for Mind in Bradford

This Christmas, the Bradford Hindu Council (BHC) organised a huge food collection for Mind in Bradford and domestic abuse charity Staying Put.

Last year, we provided a three-course meal on Christmas Day for our clients that might have otherwise been alone. We couldn’t do that this year but we still wanted to provide Christmas food hampers.

The Shree Prajapati Association Bradford (SPABfd), a member organisation of the BHC, helped us to do this by lodging an appeal to their community, family and friends. Meena Mistry and Dharmesh Mistry led the appeal and the support was overwhelming. People made and donated samosas, spring rolls, pasties, trifles, cakes and more.

SPABfd member Dharmendra Mistry also managed to secure a huge donation of essential items from a local Sainsbury’s where he works as an Assistant Manager.

The food collection was delivered to Mind in Bradford on Christmas Eve and a chain of over ten people was formed to help move all the items from vehicles. The items delivered equated to approximately 600 meals.

Meena said:

It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Christmas food hampers project for Mind in Bradford. The Shree Prajapati Association Bradford really enjoyed volunteering to cook and provide food to make it a special Christmas time for clients.

Dharmesh added:

I was surprised by the amount that was raised in such a short period of time. Mine and Meena’s bedrooms and garages were full of donations that were coming in! It’s in our nature to provide sewa, which means performing acts of kindness without expecting any reward, and this was a great cause to support especially during the challenges the country is facing.

Our Volunteer Coordinator, Donna, said:

The amount donated was absolutely amazing. It was wonderful to spend the morning of Christmas Eve taking these donations to make hampers for our clients through the festive season. We can’t thank the Bradford Hindu Council enough!

Posted on: 30th December 2020

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