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North South divide widens, according to new report

The gap between towns and cities in the North and South of the country has dramatically widened, according to a report out today.

Hull which was named as one of the worst performing cities for new business Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hull and Grimsby have been named as two of the worst performing cities for new businesses and job creation.

The Centre for Cities said they are lagging behind most others in the country - especially those in the South where 12 new jobs are created for every 1 job created in the North.

Grimsby has the lowest business growth figure in the country Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Grimsby has the lowest business growth figure in the country. And alongside Hull - the two rank fifth and sixth worst nationwide for jobs with a combined 15 thousand fewer positions than a decade ago.

The research also revealed Huddersfield has lost more than 10,000 jobs in just 10 years and is one of ten towns and cities with the lowest weekly earnings.

Bradford has seen the lowest rise in house prices of any other city in the country while Leeds is said to have one of highest levels of inequality.

Read: Find out how your city faired in the report at Centreforcities.org

Christmas cheer for Calderdale sick children

Volunteers from the Huddersfield Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association teamed up with care worker Clare Harwood to visit the Children’s ward at Calderdale Royal Infirmary Hospital to deliver gifts to spread seasonal joy after seeing her appeal for help.

Clare Harwood and AMYA volunteers with gifts donated by Clare and AMYA

Clare, touched by a local radio station’s Christmas appeal for presents for needy children launched an appeal of her own on Facebook – and amassed 91 presents in just four days. But when she contacted The Pulse’s Secret Santa Toy Appeal to hand over the gifts she was told she had missed the deadline, and they had no chance to deliver them in time for Christmas and that was when AMYA stepped in to help.

"As Muslims we are encouraged to partake in charity and we are reminded of our social responsibility to help our local communities, especially those challenged by sickness.

"When local volunteer Idris Yousaf saw Clare Harwood appeal for helpers to distribute gifts, I was really really touched with this, as this was in line with AMYA’s national ‘Muslims for Humanity’ campaign in which our volunteers have been serving local communities for decades, especially the vulnerable and sick over the winter."

"Clare has done a brilliant job in collecting so many presents at such short notice."

– Kamal Aftab, AMYA's Regional Youth leader for Yorkshire

" The response from public has been overwhelming. I was extremely touched by the warm response I got from the children and staff who do a great job. Seeing the children smile made it all worthwhile. I hope we can do this again next year and I am grateful to AMYA for their help."

– Clare Harwood, Christmas toy appeal organiser

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association teams up to deliver gifts to children in hospital

Volunteers from the Huddersfield Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) teamed up with care worker Clare Harwood to visit Children’s ward at Calderdale Royal Infirmary Hospital delivering gifts to spread seasonal joy after seeing her appeal for help.

Clare Harwood and AMYA volunteers with gifts donated by Clare and AMYA

Clare Harwood, touched by a radio station’s Christmas appeal for presents for needy children launched an appeal of her own on Facebook – and amassed 91 presents in just four days.

Kamal Aftab Regional Youth leader for Yorkshire said: “As Muslims we are encouraged to partake in charity and we are reminded of our social responsibility to help our local communities, especially those challenged by sickness. When local volunteer Idris Yousaf saw Clare Harwood's appeal for helpers to distribute gifts, I was really really touched with this, as this was in line with AMYA’s national ‘Muslims for Humanity’ campaign in which our volunteers have been serving local communities for decades, especially the vulnerable and sick over the winter."

Gifts been given to children in Calderdale Hospital Children Ward

Kamal Aftab added "Clare has done a brilliant job in collecting so many presents at such short notice."

Clare Harwood said " The response from public has been overwhelming. I was extremely touched by the warm response I got from the children and staff who do a great job. Seeing the children smile made it all worthwhile. I hope we can do this again next year and I am grateful to AMYA for their help."

Muslims for Humanity spread winter cheer

Volunteers from the Huddersfield Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) visited Children’s ward at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Hospital delivering gifts to spread seasonal joy.

The initiative is part of the AMYA’s national ‘Muslims for Humanity’ campaign. Its volunteers are aiming to bring a smile to the vulnerable and sick over the winter.

As a youth charity we try to educate young people that each of us has a social responsibility to help our local communities, especially those challenged by sickness. We are trying to do this by getting out into the community and offering smiles and some simple gifts. I was extremely touched by the warm response of the local staff who are truly inspirational people.

– Tariq Mahmood, local youth leader for Huddersfield Chapter
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