IT'S wonderful to see Bolton's big heart on show again today.

In today's paper we feature at story about a campaign by Al-Khair Foundation's Bolton branch raising thousands of pounds for some of the world's most disadvantaged people.

Thanks to the generosity of Bolton folk, two huge trucks packed with humanitarian aid has headed off to help those in extreme poverty in Africa.

As Aslam Atcha, from AKF’s Bolton branch, says in the article, the generosity of Bolton people "will make a big difference to many lives" through this incredible scheme.

The AKF is a UK-wide Muslim charity which operates humanitarian projects at home and abroad — specialising to getting emergency relief to disaster and conflict zones.

It also runs schemes to tackle unemployment, poverty and discrimination in the UK.

It is wonderful to see, in these fraught and divisive times, how faith can make a difference and bring people together.

Zubair Vali, AKF’s national mosque liaison officer, explains how "this effort has been driven by passion uniting local communities to make a difference."

And make a difference they will.

Over the last five weeks the campaign has gathered more than £100,000 worth of vital supplies such as flour, rice, pasta, cooking oil, baby milk powder and tea bags, along with new clothes.

Well done to everyone who took part and to those who donated.