A FUNDRAISING appeal to bring an Islamic place of worship to south Cumbria is almost at its half way point.

The South Lakes Islamic Centre has received planning permission to build on a site outside Dalton.

The group says it will stop families from having to travel 100 mile to their nearest mosque.

The SLIC is asking for funding to allow it to begin work.

Appealing for funds on its website, the group said: "More than 100 families have to travel 100 miles round trip for the nearestMasjid.

"Please help us by donating and change this.

"The first Masjid in the Lake District has been granted full planning permission.

"Once built, this will be a landmark site attracting Muslims from all over the country visiting the lakes.

"The site will provide congregational facilities for men, women and children, with a community space, wudhu area, Janaza ghusl and disabled access with facilities.

"We are currently raising funds for the shell build of the Masjid which will be starting soon.

"Your funds will go towards establishing the foundations of the First Masjid in the Lakes." 

The website says it has reached 47 per cent towards its total but does not say what the target is.

A full planning application for a prayer hall and community centre at Crooklands Brow was approved by councillors in 2022.

Plans said the building would have three storeys with a roof garden.

Outlining its concept, the SLIC said on its website: "Our vision is to facilitate South Lakes to be the place of choice to raise a devout muslim family.

"We pray that from this community there will emerge Muslims who will be worshipful and serve their local and wider community.

"Such service, no doubt, stems from a deep connection with Allah and the Prophet peace be upon him, and these connections are nurtured through our connection with the Masjid."

A spokesman previously said: “Furness General Hospital itself has 40-50 practicing Muslim doctors/clinicians, plus the additional families of professionals, business communities and other trade workers who will need basic prayer, burial, teaching and community facilities."

The original plans proved controversial when first submitted with around 30 objections made on the proposals.

Some residents also wrote letters in support of the plan.

Comments online ‘demonising the Muslim community’ were condemned by local councillors.

More information can be found at www.slic.uk