Walsall hospital staff given kind donations from mosque

Staff working at a Walsall Hospital have benefitted from more kind community donations.

Staff members from Walsall Manor Hospital receive a donation of finger foods and food parcels from Aisha Mosque.
Staff members from Walsall Manor Hospital receive a donation of finger foods and food parcels from Aisha Mosque.

The intensive care and general staff at Walsall Manor Hospital were presented with a south-east Asian finger food platter and food parcels from representatives of the Aisha Mosque.

Staff were able to enjoy delicacies such as samosas and pakoras, as well as take home a number of food and home care items.

The donations to the hospital are part of a community service being provided by the mosque, who have been working to help a range of people alongside local churches and other charity groups.

Sehresh Mohsin, female activity co-ordinator at the mosque, is the lead of the Covid-19 Response team and spoke about how quickly the service came together.

She said: "It's been going for about a month now and it came about very quickly as when lock down started, we began the service.

"It's been going fabulously and we're so busy, so with the help of our volunteers and volunteers from churches around the town, we're able to keep providing the service.

"Some weeks we're doing up to 20 deliveries a week, so it's a lot of time that volunteers are having to give up to do it, which we appreciate.

"It's just something small that we're doing to benefit the community to help the elderly and vulnerable."

The service, which has been running for four weeks, includes a food bank, food and prescription deliveries and a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week phone service.

Sehresh said it made her and the 30 people running the service feel amazing to be able to help people.

Amazing

She said: "I think it's just amazing the fact that we're in a position where we are able to provide the service, because a lot of our volunteers are quite young.

"In the future, you know it could be us that are elderly and we might not have any family around might not have anyone to give us that support.

"We're not the only ones providing the services, but it's just so beautiful to help the community."

Sehresh also said the hospital staff were very happy with the deliveries and vowed to not have the delivery be a one-off event.

She said: "Obviously, they don't want it to be a one-off thing where we just go in and provide a service for them and that's it.

"We want it to be an ongoing thing where we're able to help them, especially for the people putting in really long shifts."

To access the service provide by the Aisha Mosque, call 01922 620982 and select option 5.

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