11 Jun 2015

Girls give gifts to sick children

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Forest gate students walked five miles to visit three london hospitals

A group of Forest Gate school girls walked five miles across London to deliver a bundle of presents to children’s wards at the capital’s hospitals.
About 25 Year 7 pupils from Azhar Academy Girls School, Rom- ford Road, collected books, board games and arts and crafts resourc- es which they then hand delivered to three hospitals on May 19 and 20. The lucky recipients were Uni- versity College London Hospital in Camden, Royal London Hospital in Tower Hamlets and COSMIC char- ity which is based at Westminster’s
St Mary’s Hospital.
The event was part of the Share a Smile fundraising walk, arranged by 1st Ethical, an educational char- ity which empowers Muslims to benefit society through faith-based campaigns.The charity currently works with around 200 educational insti- tutes nationally to help students become more socially responsibleand active in their communities.
Karima Chowdhury, Islamic Per- sonal Social and Health Education co-ordinator at Azhar Academy said: “Collecting gifts for sick chil- dren and delivering them to the hospitals was a very enriching ex- perience for the students and staff involved.
“It allowed our students to con- nect with children who are less for- tunate and taught them something profound about serving others.
“Our students have definitely become much more emotionally intelligent after this campaign and appreciative over the blessing of good health which isn’t always given much thought by the youth.
She added the Share a Smile Walk left everyone who took part “smiling with a wonderful sense of fulfilment and humility”.
As a thank you, the hospitals ar- ranged a tour for the students and play therapists from the hospitals delivered presentations.

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