FIFTY organisations in Huddersfield have now signed a pledge to make the town welcoming to immigrants.
The Pakistani Community Alliance in Thornton Lodge is the latest to have thrown its support behind the Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary initiative.
The volunteer-run scheme aims to make Huddersfield a welcoming place for people seeking refuge from war and persecution.
Mumtaz Ali, manager of the alliance, said: “We know what’s involved when someone makes that journey from their home country and what a difficult decision this is.
“For someone who has nothing, sitting down for a chat over a cup of tea can stay with them for ever.”
Chairman of Town of Sanctuary, Ann Bettys added: “This is fantastic news for us. We have all sorts of organisations – from allotment associations to sports clubs – promising to involve people seeking sanctuary in their activities.
“The Pakistani Community Alliance, which does great work with people of all ages, is just the sort of organisation we want to see involved.”
A ceilidh is being held at Greenhead College from 4.30 - 8.30pm on March 19 to celebrate the scheme.
Tickets are £5 and are available from Huddersfield Methodist Mission or by calling 0798 2079451, or £6 on the door.
Entry is free for under 16s and refugees.