Curry at Christmas: Old Trafford mosque offers alternative to turkey dinner for those living in poverty
The Faizan-e-Islam mosque offers the alternative Christmas dinner each year to people who are unable to eat at home.
Kate Green, MP for Stretford & Urmston, visited the mosque to help prepare food which last year provided a hearty meal to many of Manchester’s homeless.
Over Christmas, many people are unable to cook a meal as they struggle to make ends meat.
Kate, who was also joined by Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, said: “I was very pleased to help members of the mosque prepare meals for local people at Christmas once again.
“We all like to enjoy a meal over the holiday season but unfortunately, as times are really tough for people round here, this isn’t always possible for everyone to do so.
“It’s great that the mosque is providing meals to make sure that people can have a very merry Christmas.”
Shabir Abdul, one of the volunteers, said: “We all know that Christmas and New Year are times of great celebration, but some people may be on their own, homeless or may be struggling to make ends meet.
“We talked about how we could reach out to help them and felt that offering meals was a great way to give people the chance to have a great curry and also to enjoy a bit of conversation – everyone will be welcome.”
Meals will be given out on Christmas Day and Boxing Day between 12 and 2pm at Faizan-e-Islam Educational and Cultural Centre, at 235 Ayres Road, Old Trafford, Manchester.