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Pakistan flood fund-raisers in Luton honoured

People in Luton who raised £431,700 for the flood victims in Pakistan are to be honoured at a reception later.

Nearly 2,000 people died and millions were made homeless in the July floods, affecting many families who have relatives in the Bedfordshire town.

Fundraising events included bazaars and collections at mosques. The sale of a cricket ball donated by two Pakistani cricketers raised £15,000.

The reception has been organised by the Luton Council of Faiths.

The town's Labour MPs, Gavin Shuker and Kelvin Hopkins, and MEP Richard Howitt, will officially thank the fund-raisers at the reception.

Gavin Shuker, Luton South MP said: "The floods in Pakistan are one of the greatest disasters of our generation and Luton has once again stepped up to the plate.

"Organisations and individuals have raised so much money that local charities have called their response overwhelming."

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