With local communities preparing for the holy month of Ramadan, the UK’s largest charity Banardo’s is urging people to remember children in their communities who may have been affected by the crisis.

This is the second Ramadan to occur during the current pandemic and many families continue to face tough times. They may be grieving for loved ones, struggling to make ends meet or worrying about the future.

As such, the charity is encouraging muslims to consider donating closer to home this yea and support children and young people who may be struggling.

Last year the charity raised funds to support their Coronavirus appeal as well as an employment programme for Syrian refugees which launched in February 2021. This is the charity’s first Zakat compliant service.

The appeal is back again this year and will be one of nine charities featured on MyTenNights, an innovative platform which allows donors to automate donations over the course of Ramadan so they never miss out giving on Laylatul Qadr (the night of power/decree) again.

Ramadan hopes to raise vital funds for its Children in Crisis Appeal and other interventions supporting minority communities.

“During the month of Ramadan, Muslim communities in the UK and around the world donate generously. The last ten nights of Ramadan are particularly heightened giving periods and Muslims are encouraged to increase their acts of good deeds at this time,” said Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan. “Historically, many people donate to charities based abroad during the holy month, but this year, when deciding where to give your sadaqah, I would encourage you to consider supporting Barnardo’s and the vital work we do with vulnerable children in the UK.

“I know from personal experience that many Muslim families in the UK have lost loved ones in the last year, meaning that sadly, this Ramadan, there will be empty seats around the Iftar table. I’m especially concerned about the long-term impact of this loss on children and young people.