Havering Islamic Centre held their Open Day last Sunday (June 24) with many locals and VIPs attending to help the centre celebrate Eid and to raise money for two local charities.
On a sunny afternoon, many residents came to Bridge Close, Romford, to participate in the festivities and help raise money for Saint Francis Hospice and nearby Queen’s Hospital.
A spokesman for the Centre Umar Shariff said: “Today we are celebrating the end of Ramadan, it is our Eid party but we don’t want to raise funds just for the Muslim community, we want everyone to come to the mosque, an open day for everyone to come and talk to us and to raise money for two local charities.
“The centre is very important as it is the only real Muslim centre in Havering, so we get to do lots of interesting events because of it.”
The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress were present at the event, alongside Romford MP Andrew Rosindell and Chair of Havering Young Labour’s Nicholas West.
Mr Shariff said: “We have an open door policy so we love everyone to come down and see us. It is our second open day of the year and we are hoping to do more events. Every Wednesday we feed the homeless, but there are also people who have a shelter but no food, so we help them.
“We started this off in January to help with the bad weather conditions and people suffering with the low temperatures and now we have thirty five volunteers here each week.
“It’s been a great way to open our doors, most of our volunteers are non-Muslim and we love it that everyone comes to help out here,” he finished. The event was a big success as many came to share in the celebrations and enjoy some very tasty food and donate to two important local charities.”