Girls spread some Eid cheer

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Teenage Muslims from Dewsbury have spent the Eid festival visiting sick children in hospital.

Members of the Kumon Y’All girls’ youth group organised a gift giving project aimed at youngsters who would have to spend the Ramadan period and festivities in children’s wards.

“It would be unfair for us to celebrate Eid knowing that there are other children without the privilege of spending it with their friends and family and so it would only be right for us to do something about it,” said Khadija Kara, 15.

The girls, aged 13-17, collected presents and toys, wrapped them and took them to children being treated at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

“The trip to Pinderfields was a new experience - it was delightful to see the smiles on the young children and was emotionally rewarding for us,” added Zainab Rekhad, 15.

The teenagers were humbled by the resilience and cheerfulness shown by the young patients and their efforts were appreciated by the staff.

“They’ve had a really tough day today and it will really cheer up the children,” said children’s nurse Leanne.