A KEIGHLEY councillor has praised a group of youths after they raised more than £3,000 for charity at the weekend.

Cllr Mohsin Hussain, (Keighley Central, Lab) told the T&A how a group of youngsters from the Keighley area put on a charity car wash, and set up stalls in the town on Sunday to raise money for the Unique Children’s charity based in Halifax.

The group exceeded their £2,500 target by washing more than 100 cars and selling desserts, sponsored by local businesses such as The Dessert Guys who provided them with their goods to sell to members of the public for a donation. 

Cllr Hussain said: “As a young councillor, everywhere I go I want to engage young people, and encourage them to be a part of something to contribute to society so it’s brilliant for us to see young people working in a positive way in our communities.

“This area is one of the most deprived areas so to see young people being wise enough to take this initiative into their own hands is brilliant. I fully support them and I’ll always support them.”

The group set up at Aziz’s Hand Car Wash in Keighley to carry out their work throughout the day.

Cllr Hussain explained that the group of volunteers did a similar event last year to raise money for Palestine and Gaza and the money was used towards humanitarian aid which was supplied to overseas countries to help those in need.

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He said: “The group of boys are aged from secondary school-aged, up to their 30s and they are determined to do again next year but on a much wider scale.

"They’re thinking of doing more projects like this, and things like charity football matches and so on too, which might also help combat wider issues like obesity which is also becoming a big problem in the UK.”

Keighley residents took to Facebook to praise the hard work of the youngsters in their community.

The money raised will be donated The Unique Children’s (UC3) charity which is a voluntary run organisation which aims to improve the lives of children around the world by responding to emergency situations as and when they occur, particularly in Palestine, Syria and Yemen.

The charity has a 100% donation policy to ensure every donation is used on humanitarian aid.

For more information on the charity click here.