Barking walk for peace raises £500k for needy

The Barking branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association (AMEA) joined mayor Cllr Eileen Keller at the event on Wednesday, where £92,590 was given to the Royal British Legion.

The funds were donated after the AMEA’s Charity Walk for Peace in November raised £250,000, with AMEA spokesman Samiullah Tariq saying the group match-funded the total to help charities across the world.

“Our motto is ‘love for all, hatred for none’,” he said. “This was the very essence of the Charity Walk for Peace, where people from different religions and race came together under one umbrella for a common cause – to help the needy.”

At the ceremony, which Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas attended, £4,000 was given to West Ham United Foundation and £2,313 to Richard House Children’s Hospice.