Sweet treats for Mohammed

HUNDREDS of people tucked in to some sweet treats for charity '“ and there was not a soggy bottom in sight.

Thursday, 19th May 2016, 5:55 am
Former city Lord Mayor Cllr Frank Jonas judges the cakes Pictures: Habibur Rahman

A bake-off style fundraiser took place at the Buckland Community Centre, Buckland, in Portsmouth, to raise money for and to launch a new charity.

The charity – MAKE Charity Foundation – has been set up in honour of the late Mohammed Abdul Kaeum Esquire, a Portsmouth resident for over 30 years, who died in 2013.

His family organised the event to launch the foundation, which they hope will raise funds for community projects in rural Bangladesh, one 
of the poorest countries in the world.

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Former Portsmouth resident Mohammed Abdul Kaeum Esquire with his wife, grandson and granddaughters, in a picture taken on Eid festival in 2012

Abdul Kaeum’s son Salim Rahman said: ‘Charity begins at home, the home of our late father.

‘So we are starting charitable projects in the village of Kelagram in the district of Sylhet, Bangladesh.

‘It was my father’s wish that we continue to support local building projects, such as schools and mosques as well as support the poor and needy with medical and education costs.’

More than 200 people turned up to the baking contest and visitors were encouraged to bring in their cakes.

Former Portsmouth resident Mohammed Abdul Kaeum Esquire with his wife, grandson and granddaughters, in a picture taken on Eid festival in 2012

The competition was judged by the former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Frank Jonas.

It was won by Amira Rahman, 15, from North End, who made a three-layered cake decorated with a blue rose.

The event raised £2,225 and the event organisers will be announcing more events in future.