A Blackburn charity says it is now working with the Red Crescent Society to ensure aid reaches the communities that need it most.

Aid 4 Ummah, which has an office on Victoria Street was established in 2014, with an aim to ‘transform the lives of those most in need in the world’s poorest areas, particularly in West Africa’.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is an officially recognised independent Palestinian National Society. It enjoys legal personality and is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. 

The society, which operates in Palestine and the diaspora, is guided by the Geneva Conventions and the Movement’s Fundamental Principles, i.e. humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality

Ex-Blackburn with Darwen Mayor, Salim Mulla, who founded the charity said: “We have immense pleasure to announce this excellent news to organisations and donors. 

“The funds will be sent and spent on essential aid like food, water, medical need and shelter with transparency and accountability. 

“East Lancashire Muslims have an assurance that their donation will benefit those whose life has been devastated by the bombings in Gaza.”

Mr Mulla was a councillor for over 20 years and also raised £65,000 towards a kidney dialysis machine campaign for Blackburn Royal Hospital during his time as Mayor of Blackburn and Darwen.

The charity has run a number of projects, including in the UK to help families through the Covid pandemic.

The charity said its work addresses 'the immediate survival needs of individuals and communities affected by disasters, providing essential resources such as food, water, shelter, and medical assistance'.