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Airedale Hospital chaplaincy team run ICU fundraiser during Ramadan

The chaplaincy team from Airedale are hoping to raise enough money for a specialist wheelchair for the hospital's new intensive care unit during Ramadan which starts this weekend.

The new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is due to open later this spring, and donations are sought to pay for the 'Rea Azalea' wheelchair, which is over and above standard NHS provision. Every aspect of the wheelchair and seating system is adaptable for the best level of support and postural management, so can be customised to suit the needs and comfort of each individual patient. 

This year, Ramadan begins on Saturday 2nd April and ends on Sunday 1st May with the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, worship, and charitable giving observed by muslims all over the world. 

Aziz Rehman, Imam in the chaplaincy department at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Myself and the rest of the chaplaincy team have decided to run an appeal and encourage staff, patients, and visitors at the Trust to donate to an important project for the local community, and support patients that are treated on Airedale’s ICU.

“We encourage people to gain the most reward by giving in the month of Ramadan.” 

Some of Airedale’s chaplains began the celebrations with an information stand at the hospital, where people could come and talk to them about Ramadan, how the chaplains support patients and staff, and other health-related information relating to Ramadan and fasting. 

Airedale Hospital and Community Charity is the official NHS charity for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. The charity supports the Trust to invest in patient care and employee wellbeing so that everyone that needs Airedale’s services receives the best possible care. 

If you'd like to support the appeal, text 10RAMADAN to 70480 to donate £10 or donate online at


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