Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity is wishing Muslims across the UK ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ as the community prepares for the holy month of Ramadan.
With this being the second Ramadan during the global pandemic, Barnardo’s recognises that many families will face specific challenges this year, including grieving for loved ones, struggling with mental health needs, and worrying about the future. As such, the charity is urging Muslims to consider donating closer to home this year to support vulnerable children and young people in the UK who have been affected by COVID-19 and more.
Last Ramadan, funds raised by Barnardo’s supported the charity’s Coronavirus Appeal and as well as its employment programme for Syrian refugees in the UK which launched in February 2021. This was also the charity’s first Zakat-compliant service.
After a successful campaign last year, Barnardo’s is once again delighted to be launching a Ramadan appeal with MyTenNights, and will be one of nine charities featured on the platform this year. MyTenNights is an innovative platform that allows donors to automate donations over the last ten nights of Ramadan, so they never miss giving on Laylatul Qadr (the night of power/decree) again.
Through its Ramadan campaign, this year, Barnardo’s hopes to raise vital funds for its Children in Crisis Appeal and other interventions aimed at supporting minority communities that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:
“During the month of Ramadan, Muslim communities in the UK and around the world donate generously. The last ten nights of Ramadan are particularly heightened giving periods and Muslims are encouraged to increase their acts of good deeds at this time.
“Historically, many people donate to charities based abroad during the holy month, but this year, when deciding where to give your sadaqah, I would encourage you to consider supporting Barnardo’s and the vital work we do with vulnerable children in the UK.
“I know from personal experience that many Muslim families in the UK have lost loved ones in the last year, meaning that sadly, this Ramadan, there will be empty seats around the Iftar table. I’m especially concerned about the long-term impact of this loss on children and young people.
“I hope that during the blessed month, we are able to come together as a community so that our children and young people have the support they need to thrive.”
For more information on Barnardo’s MyTenNights appeal please visit https://www.mytennights.com/barnardos-uk