Engaged in a great charity day

‘OLD BOY’ footballers from Dewsbury raised more than £2,000 for refugees at a 21st anniversary reunion tournament. 

The class of 1994 from Westborough, Birkdale and Thornhill high schools met at the home of Savile Town FC.

And as if to prove some things never change Westborough, the 1994 school champions, won the final 4-3 on penalties. Organised by anti-radicalisation charity Engage Dewsbury, the cash raised will be donated to aid group the Ummah Welfare Trust.

The international charity, which has premises on Savile Road, Dewsbury, have helped refugees fleeing war-torn Syria since early 2012.

At the football tournament the Thornhill-based Raza Islamic Centre provided refreshments and a barbeque. Engage Dewsbury run mentoring schemes aimed at stopping people from turning to terror fanatics like ISIS. They also aim to bring communities together in the fight against extremism through events like this.

Founding member of Engage Dewsbury Haroon Adam said: “It was a fantastic event and showed all that is great about our community. We look forward to hosting similar events which will bring together people of all faiths to create an atmosphere of unity in Kirklees.”

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