Ahmadiyya Muslim community donate toys to The ARCHIE Foundation this Christmas

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Dundee have come together to help brighten the lives of children in hospital this Christmas.

President of the Ahmadiyya community in Dundee Shoaib Khan and Adnan Shahzad hand over some of the gifts to ‘Santa’ and Sarah Johnston, fundraising manager for ARCHIE Tayside.

Worshipers at the Baitul Mahmood Mosque on the city’s Dens Road generously chipped together to give a number of play items to The ARCHIE Foundation, which were then passed on to nursing staff to distribute among young patients.

President of the Ahmadiyya community in Dundee Shoaib Khan visited the ARCHIE office in Ninewells on Thursday, along with Adnan Shahzad, to drop off the trolley-load of gifts as well as chocolates and Christmas cards.

The donation continues a long-standing relationship with the community and the official charity of the Tayside Children’s Hospital.

Mr Khan said: “We have been working with the ARCHIE Foundation for over three years now.

“This has included ARCHIE being part of the our 5K charity run (organised by Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Scotland annually) where money is raised, doing bucket collections and helping out where ever needed.

“We look forward to working with the charity again in the new year and look forward to being part of future campaigns.”


Sophie Todd, Gillian Doig, Maxine Steele, Chearlene Stewart and Linda Warren with the generous donation of toys in Ward 30 at the Tayside Children’s Hospital

Play specialist Gillian Doig, of the Tayside Children’s Hospital, said the donation of toys was greatly appreciated.

She said: “These toys will go a long way in helping to brighten up the lives of children in hospital, especially at this time of year.

“This is a really generous donation and we can’t thank the Ahmadiyya community enough.”

Sarah Johnston, fundraising manager at the ARCHIE Foundation in Tayside, added: “The support we receive from the Ahmadiyya community is invaluable and we really appreciate all of the help they give us.”