Page last updated at 10:58 GMT, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 11:58 UK

Wife's heartache to help others

Asma Saddique with Salihah and Keyann
Asma says she has to stay strong for her children

A mother-of-three whose husband vanished more than two years ago is drawing on her personal heartache to help raise money for charity.

Despite police inquiries there has been no trace of Asma Saddique's husband Sajid, since he left their Bradford home on Valentine's Day in 2007.

Mrs Saddique has organised a fundraising event for Islamic Relief.

"I've had little help and support through my ordeal and it's made me more determined to help others," she said.

Car dealer Mr Saddique was last seen at the Asda supermarket on Manor Lane, Shipley.

I feel like making a difference to other people's lives will not only help them but help me
Asma Saddique

Farmland around Bradford and further afield was probed by forensics officers and sniffer dogs following the disappearance, but there has been no trace of Mr Saddique, who was then aged 32.

Mrs Saddique, who has three young children, Keyann, Salihah and Neha, has organised the charity event to raise monet to help bring humanitarian relief to Gaza.

She said: "My ordeal has gone on for over two years now and I'm no further to finding out what's happened to Sajid.

Sajid Saddique
Sajid Saddique worked as a car dealer

"I'm trying to get on as best as I can but it's very difficult, especially trying to explain things to the children.

"What's happened with me has made me realise how important it is to help and support other people when they need it and this is what the event is all about.

"I desperately want this event to be a success, I feel like making a difference to other people's lives will not only help them but help me."

The event at Bradford's Rio Grande is being held on Thursday evening and will include live performances, an auction and a three-course meal.

Tickets can be bought by contacting Mrs Saddique on 07531 869387 or from Lahore Deli Bar and Let's Talk on Great Horton Road.



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