By ANISAH ARIF
The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Zafar Ali has donated food to two charities, based in Bradford, who support homeless people across the district.
Lord Mayor attended the Salvation Army, Leeds Road’s annual carol service where he donated an array of festive food items that will be used to feed people experiencing homelessness on Christmas Day.
The donation included ham and beef joints, turkey crowns and a whole host of other festive trimmings to be enjoyed by those visiting the organisations on the day.
The Salvation Army has been working in Bradford for over 150 years at its Leeds Road centre known as The Orchard. As well as providing accommodation to men and women experiencing homelessness, the centre provides food seven days a week to visitors to its day shelter many of whom have no home.
The church and charity works closely with many different groups and organisation as well as Bradford Council to ensure those who most need help can be supported.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford also, once again, supplied the food required for a full and festive fare for those attending The Bradford Soup Run’s annual Christmas meal.
The Bradford based homeless charity has helped the city’s homeless for over 30 years.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Zafar Ali, said: “Christmas offers us a time to appreciate the work undertaken by organisations which help the most vulnerable in society. I’d like to applaud the efforts of the Salvation Army and the Soup Run in Bradford, who offer comfort and support to those who find themselves without a home.
“We hope that our donation of food items will provide a small comfort during the festive season.”
Salvation Army minister Captain Glenn Furlong said: “As we approach the coldest weather this winter there has been an increased in the number of people accessing our services and we are especially grateful to the Lord Mayor for supporting the work of The Salvation Army as we reach out to the marginalised found within our community.
“The Salvation Army is found at the heart of the community in Bradford and throughout West Yorkshire providing practical assistance, a listening ear and support to find appropriate help to get people back on track again.
“We are also grateful to many other individuals and organisations in Bradford who willingly support our work and recognise the difference that The Salvation Army makes in people’s lives.”
Additional offers of help are always gratefully received and can be made by contacting The Orchard on 01274 397211 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Bradford Soup Run, John Tempest said: We are most appreciative of this donation and we know those we meet will enjoy our nutritious cooking.
“It’s well known this charity does not welcome donations from governments – local and national – as we prefer to rely, for our continuance, on our generous supporters.
“However, as the position of Lord Mayor is non-political during his/her term of office we are more than happy to accept his generosity, as we have for the past 25 years, and we hope his successor will follow suit”.