Healthy attitude in big demand

Yosef Shlomo and Saadya Ellituv enjoying the arts and crafts activities organised for youngsters

Yosef Shlomo and Saadya Ellituv enjoying the arts and crafts activities organised for youngsters

A health promotion drive aimed at Manchester's strictly Orthodox community attracted 1,500 people to the Beis Yaakov High School in Salford.

Men's health checks were run by the Jewish ambulance service, Hatzola, and a child immunisation clinic and a funfair were among the mix of activities for youngsters. Office for National Statistics advisers were on hand to answer Census form queries.

Organisers from the Hershel Weiss Sure Start centre were keen to see the £100,000 NHS health budget for the community end with a mass benefit. The funding has been discontinued as part of public spending cuts.

Hershel Weiss manager Michelle Ciffer said Salford City Council, which co-sponsored Sunday's event, would continue to fund smaller health activities for the community.

    Last updated: 10:34am, March 18 2011