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By amayauktahir | Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 20:23

A UK youth charity, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), has

been calling on local councils and communities affected by the horrific

weather conditions to contact them for assistance.

As part of the AMYA's emergency relief initiative, more than 150

volunteers have been assisting families affected by the powerful winds

and heavy rain. In some cases volunteers have travelled more than 100

miles to assist those affected in remote areas.

AMYA's national Relief and Disaster Director, Yousaf Aftab, said:''There

are more than 150 volunteers working tirelessly across the south of

England and thousands of reserve volunteers waiting to help. We would

like anyone who needs help, regardless of the time or location, to get

in touch and we will respond.

''We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the local communities

we have been helping, like the amazing people at St Paul's Church in

Staines who let our volunteers offer their Friday prayers today in the

Church. Their actions and unyielding spirit are an example of the very

best of Britain.

Cllr Shannon Saise-Marshall, Councillor at Runnymede, Chertsey, said:

"I'm here at the Runnymede Council now and we are publicly thanking

Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth for all their generous help. True heroes rolling

up sleeves and getting on with the job. Bless you."

Volunteers have been based in Surrey, Berkshire, Middlesex, Dorset,

Somerset, and North West England. The majority of the AMYA volunteers

were based in Staines, working side-by-side with army soldiers

to help with laying sandbags and clearing homes of water, however other areas are now being covered.The charity is

operating a 24 hour rota with a central team surveying the hardest hit

areas and deploying volunteers, 4x4 vehicles and supplies wherever their

is a need. The elderly, Churches and schools have been prioritised.

The AMYA also planted 1,300 trees this week as part of its environmental

campaign to help relieve the impact of flooding. This takes the total

trees planted by the charity over the past year to 75,000 across England

and Wales.



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