THE Hindu community in Bradford has been contributing to national efforts to help those in India devastated by Covid-19.

The country has been hit hard by the virus in recent weeks, with terrible scenes broadcast across the world.

On Thursday, India recorded 4,000 deaths and 343,144 new Covid-19 infections over the last 24 hours.

The Bradford Hindu Council (BHC) has been helping to fundraise for Sewa UK, which has been sending out things like oxygen concentrators (pictured above) and essential family kits, as well as supporting orphanages and elderly homes.

Paresh Mistry, from the BHC, said: “Here in Bradford, many of us do have relatives in India, so it’s a bit of a tense time.

"Because of the virus restrictions, we can’t travel out there to be with loved ones, so that creates some tension and anxiety.”

He added: "At times of crisis like this, we want to feel like we are doing something.

"It's the feeling of helplessness, raising funds to help in some small way, at least you feel like you can do something."

Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised nationally so far, enabling volunteers to co-ordinate on the ground support for the extreme impact of Covid-19 in India.

Mr Mistry added: "The generosity of people, it's absolutely amazing."

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