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Barking and Dagenham mayor backs Muslim group’s £500,000 Poppy Appeal pledge

PUBLISHED: 19:00 01 November 2018

Mayor Sanchia Alasia with representatives of Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association UK. Picture: Nasir Ahmed

Mayor Sanchia Alasia with representatives of Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association UK. Picture: Nasir Ahmed

Nasir Ahmed

Barking and Dagenham’s mayor last week backed a Muslim group’s pledge to raise half a million pounds for military veterans.

Cllr Sanchia Alasia, who represents Alibon ward, joined representatives from Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association UK last week to support their Poppy Appeal.

The fundraising drive will see hundreds of volunteers across the country sell red poppies door to door; through stalls at local supermarkets and train stations for the Royal British Legion.

Donations will go towards serving and former service personnel and their families.

“I am delighted that the Ahmadiyya Elders Association have once again launched their Poppy Appeal to remember those that have died in wars,” she said.

“I wish them every success in their fundraising efforts.”

According to AMEA UK, volunteers have raised £350,000 for the military charity.

Regional president Abdul Wadood Khan called the campaign a “wonderful opportunity to help those who served their country so that we may live in peace”.

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