Blackburn charity launches national poster to help brave East Lancs girl

Enola Halleron

Zubair Valimulla, left, international projects co-ordinator, and Abdussamad Mulla, country director, from the Al-Imdaad Foundation in front of the Help Enola poster

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A BLACKBURN charity has launched a national poster campaign to help a Feniscowles girl who suffers from a rare disorder.

Al-Imdaad Foundation UK, based in Audley Range, is backing 10-year-old Enola Halleron’s efforts so she can buy a specially adapted vehicle with a side chair lift.

The St Paul’s RC Primary School pupil, who has the skeletal growth disorder mucopolysaccharidosis, hopes to have her new chair by the time she starts secondary school next September.

Al-Imdaad bosses started fundraising for Enola after meeting her family at an event hosted by former Blackburn mayor, Coun Salim Mulla, earlier this year.

Now the group has put up the first of its billboards to feature a picture of Enola, in Barbara Castle Way. Others are set to be put up around the country.

Projects co-ordinator Zubair Valimulla said: “It was fantastic to meet Enola and her family. The smile this beautiful girl has is amazing.

“Enola is a special child and we feel there is a responsibility on every person to support this fantastic cause.

“Al-Imdaad Foundation will support this cause as long as we can and we will give this priority as well as our work in over 65 countries. Our vision is quite simple: we are here to serve humanity, no matter of race, religion, creed or culture.”

Enola, who is 97cm (3ft, 2ins) tall, will never grow to more than a metre, and still wears the same clothes as she did when she was three.

Enola’s mum, Donna Haller-on, 40, said: “It’s just tremendous what Al-Imdaad is doing. It’s out of this world for us.

“It’s not just national, they’ve got an international reach. Some people have stopped me to say they’ve seen the poster.”

Enola needs the wheelchair, which will have a side chair lift, because her MPS makes her so tired that she has to crawl instead of walking.

There is no cure for the disorder, which affects only 105 people in the UK.

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6:46pm Tue 26 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

This charity is doing a wonderful job!!
This charity is doing a wonderful job!! glossopkid
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5:33pm Thu 28 Aug 14

englishmuslim says...

Wonderful job by Al Imdaad. Blackburn based Muslim charity that helps people in the UK as well as abroad regardless of ethinicity, beliefs etc.
Wonderful job by Al Imdaad. Blackburn based Muslim charity that helps people in the UK as well as abroad regardless of ethinicity, beliefs etc. englishmuslim
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