Charity fundraising is icing on the cake

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Women and children from the Al-Meezan Islamic Centre in Pollokshields have raised £2,000 for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.

The group held a bring-and-buy food sale, including a cake bake and Hospice chaplain Rev Leslie Edge was invited along to the centre to collect the donation.

Rev Edge said: “I am delighted to accept the cheque from Al-Meezan Islamic Centre. This is a fantastic donation that reinforces the strong links that already exist between the hospice and the community.

“A bring-and-buy food sale was a wonderful opportunity for people to get together and share food with their families, while raising money for a much-loved local charity.”

Al-Meezan Islamic Centre chairwoman Salma Shaikh said: “Relatives of some of the people who come to the centre have received care and support at the hospice and we really appreciate the work that is done there.”

Al-Meezan was set up in 1998 when it was based in temporary classrooms and halls before moving to its current home in 2005 and now works with more than 600 women, children and teenagers from Glasgow, and as far afield as Livingston and Kilmarnock.

The hospice is edging closer to achieving the £21m target of the Brick by Brick Appeal to build a new facility on the city’s Bellahouston Park. The foundations go down in June and patients will move there in 2018.

In daycare and on the wards, more than 1,200 patients and families are cared for every year at the current centre which has now outgrown the old hospice building.