As we approach the end of a very difficult year, it is important to celebrate some of the amazing things the people of Leicester have done to support each other, and the community.
Leicester has been significantly affected by the different lockdown measures that have been implemented to tackle Covid-19. The increased isolation and uncertainty has been difficult for many.
Yet despite all of this, there have been very heartening examples of support and solidarity.
One such example is that of Masjid Al-Falah, a local Mosque and affiliate of FMO who have donated £700 to the Police as a contribution to their welfare van. The money was collected from their congregation as a thank you and to support our frontline workers who have performed heroically during the pandemic. This mosque has been at the forefront of community interfaith work, raising funds for local hospitals, hosting government ministers and international visitors.
The donation will provide essential items for police officers that will improve their wellbeing when on deployment.
During this unprecedented time, police officers and staff have worked tremendously hard to keep our communities safe, and we are immensely thankful for the work they do.
Despite the efforts of a small minority who have sought to exploit the pandemic by sowing hate and division in our community, the actions of Masjid Al-Falah are a shining example of the real Leicester. One that is open, engages with one another, and supports our community.
Let us all take forward the positive example that they have set, and work together to help those who need it, and support those who are working hard to keep us safe.