Salma Yaqoob a knock-out with Amir Khan

Salma Yaqoob and fellow Respect councillors with boxer Amir Khan

Salma Yaqoob and fellow Respect councillors with boxer Amir Khan in Small Heath, Birmingham

Respect Cllr Salma Yaqoob relived old memories this month, as she visited her old school to see her son perform in in his first Christmas nativity play, in the same week as she joined champion boxer Amir Khan at a charity fundraiser in Birmingham.

“Today I had a proud mum moment. I went to watch my son, Aslan, perform as the inn keeper in his infants school nativity play! I was taken aback by how grown up and confident he seemed on stage,” she said.

Cllr Salma Yaqoob with her youngest son Aslan

Cllr Salma Yaqoob with her youngest son Aslan

“It was especially poignant because he is my youngest at six years old. He attends Colmore Infant School. The teachers are brilliant and I have a special affection for the Head Teacher, Viv Randall, who was my teacher when I was at junior school. The school manages that rare balance of fun and learning.”

On Sunday 14th, Cllr Yaqoob was at a charity fundraiser with the boxer and Olympic champion Amir Khan.

“We were raising money for a hospital to be built in Pakistan so that poor people could access free health care. On a night when he could mixing with stars at the glitzy BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Award event, he chose to come to Small Heath in Birmingham to support a worthy cause.

“I was impressed with his humility and commitment. The event was attended by hundreds of people. It was organised by Councillor Shoukat Ali Khan and hosted with panache by Respect’s own Councillor Mohammed Ishtiaq, who managed to get people to donate with his enthusiasm and humour,” explained Salma.

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