Lister Community Action Group (LCAG) raised £700 for the Defibrillator Appeal at their Ginnel Tea Party community event, on Saturday 14 May.
A group of residents who were fed up with the fly-tipping in the area had gotten together with the help of local businesses and the community group to clear up the ginnel and reclaim the space.
To celebrate and open the ginnel to the public, LCAG decided to hold their annual tea party fundraiser, an event that couldn’t take place in the last two years due to the pandemic.
Mukhtar Rehman, a local resident and member of the LCAG committee, said “The ginnel was created to be a multi-purpose space where people can come together and that is exactly what we did.
“We celebrated everyone from different walks of life all coming together.
“Together, with local businesses, community members and residents we were able to put this event on and make it a success”.
Mr Rehman shared how everyone contributed and got involved, with residents giving up their backyards to be used for stalls and celebrated the space.
Harry Jelley, the producer at The Brick Box CIC, a sponsor for the event, said: “Lister Community Action Group are doing an amazing job in turning a space that was a fly-tipping area into a beautiful community garden, that can be used by the communities to spend time together.
“The fundraising event was a beautiful example of that. There were people opening their gardens, opening the ginnel and having wonderful activities for all the family”.
LCAG plan to make the space into an enclosed communal area where other community events can take place and exhibitions from local schools can be held.
The event and clean-up were supported by Bradford council, NHS Together4Health, CNET, B&Q, The Brick Box, and Lister Ladies Gym and Urban Fitness.
More events are being planned at the ginnel with a Plant and Grow Project that is set to take place on 28 May, 18 June, 16 July, 13 August and 10 September.