Recently, over 150 volunteers from the Dawoodi Bohra community in Bradford undertook a collective 1,053km walk in support of our Big Neonatal Appeal, as part of their Local Project Rise Initiative.

An impressive sum of over £10,700 has been gathered to enhance family accommodation at the neonatal unit in Bradford Royal Infirmary. This development will enable more parents to remain in close proximity to their ailing babies. Annually, the unit tends to the needs of over 500 premature and unwell infants hailing from various parts of the Yorkshire region.

Hussain Raaj Cochin, of the Bradford Dawoodi Bohras, said; “The Dawoodi Bohras’ fundraising walk was held to commemorate the 80th birthday of the global leader of the faith, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, who regularly reminds his followers of the importance of contributing to society and helping those in need.

“Many local businesses supported the Dawoodi Bohras’ fundraising efforts, and their company logos were featured on banners positioned along the walking route and at the start/finish line.”

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Gerry Barker, and Lady Mayoress, Jean Barker, along with Lisa Williams, Head of Fundraising at the Bradford Hospitals Charity, were present at the walk to demonstrate their solidarity.

Lisa added; “We would like to thank the Bradford Community of the Dawoodi Bohras for all their hard work, time, and effort in organising this event to support Bradford Hospitals Charity Big Neonatal Campaign.

“An incredible amount raised and the kind donations and support will take us even closer to achieving our vision of providing the very best possible care, experience, and facilities to parents when their poorly babies are being cared for in our unit.
Donations can be made at the Project Rise JustGiving page:,JustGiving%20page