Bromsgrove's first Mitzvah Day saw people from different faiths come for the good of the community

BROMSGROVE’S first ever Mitzvah Day has taken place in the town with participants making a difference to inpatients at the town’s Princess of Wales Community Hospital.

A Mitzvah is a Jewish-led day of social action which sees thousands of people from around the World, regardless of their faith, give their time – not money – for the good of their community.

The group in Bromsgrove on Sunday (November 27) served free cakes and hot drinks to the inpatients, visitors and staff.

It was organised by Melanie Mann and Yvonne Stollard and the team included nine people from different communities – five Jewish, two Muslim and two Christian, showing how people from different faiths can work together in friendship.

Malcolm Glass, the vice-chairman of Bromsgrove District Council, was among those taking part.

He said: “The event was a wonderful experience.

“It was lovely to see friendship, co-operation between three faiths, which in reality have very few differences.

“It was a delight to be helping with something so community-minded.”

Rev Owain Bell, chair of Worcestershire Interfaith Forum, added: “It was a wonderful and joyous occasion where people of different faiths came together in mutual respect and friendship to work on a social action project.”

Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, was hoping to come to the event but was unfortunately unable to attend.

He wrote in the Jewish Chronicle last week: “On behalf of everyone in government, I want to thank each and every one of the countless Jewish volunteers who will be giving freely of their time this weekend.

“You will be helping those in need.

“But you will also be building friendships across ethnic and religious divides.

“And, ultimately, that is how we will triumph over fear and intolerance.

“Not by building ever-higher walls to hide behind. But by having the courage to break down the barriers between us.”