Religious groups and charities in Preston and South Ribble have organised fundraising efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Pakistan.

Every mosque in Preston has been collecting money to send urgently needed relief to areas devastated by the earthquake. Local churches and charities are supporting the effort.

Said Ahmed, Imam of Jamea Mosque, Clarendon Street, Avenham, hopes more than £25,000 will be raised and someone from Preston could be sent to deliver the much needed cash.

International Aid Trust, based in Longton, is appealing for cash to buy goods, including medical equipment, tents, blankets, water purifiers and food can immediately be shipped to the disaster area.

Churches Together in South Ribble is planning an inter-faith service at Leyland St Mary's Church, Broadfield Drive, to pray for those affected, and a social event to raise funds for the Disaster Emergency Committee's Asia Quake Appeal (DECAQA).

In Preston, Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, held a special service yesterday and is collecting funds in the church's coffee shop. Preston City Council has set up a book of condolence and the town hall flag was flown at half mast as a mark of respect. There is also on online version of the book at

Proceeds from the multi-cultural event, East Meets West, being held at Preston Guild Hall, Lancaster Road, on November 23, will go to DECAQA.

South Ribble Borough Council are waiting for guidance from the Government about silences or commemorative ceremonies and are recommending residents, councillors and staff donate to the DECAQA.

You can do this by logging onto or in person at all high street banks or the Post Office or by calling 0870 606 0900.