PEOPLE of all faiths and backgrounds are set to fast from dawn till dusk on Friday as part of a pledge to show solidarity and raise charity cash.

When the pandemic first began, Bradford Foundation Trust began working with Bradford Council, different faith leaders and organisations to support the district's most vulnerable families.

But as donations suddenly dropped, some of these causes have been hit hard financially and in need of a funding boost.

In the spirit of Ramadan, Bradford Foundation Trust has launched what it describes as a 'city-wide fast-a-thon' to raise much needed funds for 10 small but vital causes in Bradford.

Both Muslims and non-Muslims will come together for Fasting Friday, including Professor John Wright, the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The NHS Front Line podcast, and Bishop Toby Haworth.

The selected causes are The Faith Centre; Bradford Baby Bank; Bradford Talking Media; Neesie; The Good Shepard Centre; Save the Mothers Trust; Bradford City of Sanctuary; Biasan; The KML Project and Green Crescent Aid UK.

Shadim Hussain, board member at Bradford Foundation Trust, said: "Ramadan is the most important month in the Muslim calendar and it is much more than just fasting, it is a time for worship, reflection, sharing, caring and unity.

"I am proud of the work Bradford Foundation Trust has done with Bradford Council, NHS, Council for Mosques, Bradford 4 Better and so many volunteers, businesses, faith groups, schools and third sector organisations as part of the Covid-19 community response.

"To be able to come together to raise funds for good causes and break fast with so many of our neighbours is truly the spirit of Islam and reflects the amazing strength and unity of Bradfordians."

So far, nine businesses have raised a collective total of £4,500.

This includes: Cupcake Cravings, Little Hearts Nursery, Sekhon Group Companies, Rotary International, Platinum Partnership, Blackstone Accountancy, Secure Risk Insurance Brokers; Sak Solicitors and Bio Med Care Services.

"Our target is to raise £10,000. Nine businesses have donated £500 as part of our £5,000 sponsor target. We're looking for one more business."

It is hoped more people will get on board with the challenge ahead of the cut-off point this Wednesday at 6pm. All participants will receive a free meal courtesy of Yorkshire Curry Club.

To donate, visit the LaunchGood fundraising page, 'Bradford Top 10 Vital Causes', here.

Those wanting to take part or sponsor should email