After observing the strains on the NHS in London, mosque volunteers had the idea to buy an ambulance and offer basic health checks to North London’s homeless population in the London Borough of Enfield. When the idea was floated to the congregation at Palmers Green Mosque, it went down well and the community began to fundraise for an ambulance van which they did in November 2017.
Initially starting off with just three volunteers, nearly a month later it grew to over 300 willing volunteers, including many from medical backgrounds via the medical charity HANDS International.
Recently, NHS England approved the volunteers to give out flu jabs at several homeless shelters. The project relies solely on the commitment of volunteers and the generous donations of the congregation at the mosque
The team at Palmers Green Mosque say they are motivated by their religion instructing them to give charity and be good to people. Another motivation was that the congregation was raising a lot of money for bigger charities for causes abroad but the mosque wanted to also benefit the local area too. And finally, volunteers wanted to do something to show that Muslims locally were giving back and to show the public the real face of Islam, away from the negative media headlines.