The Sikh Society started a fundraising campaign to support local NHS staff and Khalsa Aid for their efforts during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
£600 was raised during the campaign, 50% of the funds will go to the Lancashire Teaching Hospital Charity to support staff wellbeing across Preston and Chorley.
The other 50% will go Khalsa Aid, an international organisation which provides humanitarian aid to disaster areas and civil conflict zones around the world.
The Sikh Sewa Society has been an integral part of supporting the local community in recent times. Before the lockdown began they hosted a weekly free kitchen called Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Langar Sewa.
The Langar Sewa is open to anyone and feeds the local homeless community but was forced to be suspended when the pandemic began.
Since then, the society which is a charity funded by the Sikh community of Preston has been hard at work to support anyone in need or that has been affected by the lockdown.
They have been arranging meals for UCLan students and distributing food items to the local community group Preston ‘Here for Humanity’.
This evening they handed over a cheque for £300 to two NHS nurses and Roya Armstrong, a representative of the Lancashire Teaching Hospital Charity.
Lindsey, a sister on the surgical assessment unit and Katie, a healthcare assistant, we’re very grateful for the donation and were full of praise for the society and the people of Preston:
“We are honestly just overwhelmed by the generosity of the people, we have witnessed some truly greats acts of kindness during this pandemic and it is very inspiring.”
Roya also wanted to show the appreciation from the Lancs Teaching Hospital charity for the society’s donation:
“Thank you for your very kind gesture to raise funds for our charity here at Lancashire Teachings NHS Foundation Trust. It really does mean a lot to us and we are so thankful for your support.”
The society praised both groups for their efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic:
“Preston Sikh Sewa Society UK would like to humbly thank the local NHS & Khalsa Aid for delivering a fantastic service throughout the pandemic.”
They also had a thank you message for anyone who donated to their fundraiser:
“Thanking you for helping us by generously donating to support the local NHS (Preston) & Khalsa Aid. You have made a huge difference which everyone appreciates during these tough times,
“Both organisations will receive their funds this week to close the campaign. On behalf of Preston Sikh Sewa Society UK, thank you and stay safe by following the government guidelines.”