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The Duchess of Sussex has donated £10,000 from The Royal Foundation to local charity Himmah, a Hyson Green community project that tackles poverty, racism and social exclusion.


Based in Gamble Street, Himmah provides more than 650 emergency food parcels every month to people across the city, as well as serving more than 60 hot meals every week.

The donation from Meghan’s foundation has been put towards stocking the food bank and purchasing equipment as well as providing vital funds for the Salaam Shalom Kitchen – the only joint Muslim and Jewish community kitchen in the UK.

“For ages I thought the whole thing was a hoax!” said Sajid Mohammed, director at Himmah.

“They kept emailing me and ringing me about the donation saying it was from the Duchess of Sussex and I just couldn’t believe it – I was utterly gobsmacked and hugely humbled that Meghan knew about our charity and wanted to support us. It’s an absolutely incredible sum and we’re so very grateful.”

The donation was comprised of revenue raised for The Royal Foundation from the sale of Together: Our Community Cookbook. The Duchess of Sussex gifted the donation so that the charity can ‘continue transforming lives through the power of cooking and food’.

Himmah also has its own food shop called ‘The Pantry’, where people on benefits and struggling to get by can purchase quality food at a heavily discounted price.

Sajid continued:

“This year has been incredibly tough for a lot of people, we’ve seen a huge increase in uptake for our services since the start of the pandemic. The Pantry will help people back on their route to independence, which is what we try to achieve; rather than a model of dependence on emergency food parcels.”

In a bid to tackle racism and social exclusion, Himmah provides education through services, campaigning, heritage and arts provision, bringing together the wider Nottingham community.

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