Margate Community Mosque donates to the Thanet Winter Shelter scheme

The donation will help this year's Thanet Winter Shelter for the homeless

Margate Community Mosque has donated £500 to this year’s Thanet Winter Shelter scheme.

The cheque was accepted by Carl Whitewood, leader of the Salvation Army in Ramsgate, which helps run the project.

The Margate mosque are committed to the people of Thanet and wanted to show their support for the work among the most marginalised in the area.

The Thanet Winter Shelter will, for a second year, provide overnight accommodation, food, emotional and practical support for rough sleepers in the area. The shelter opens on December 1 and runs until February 28, 2018.

Last year the project, which is supported by Thanet District Council, East Kent Police, Porchlight and local Thanet churches,helped get 23 people off the streets and provided a total of 42 guests with food, a safe place to sleep and support.

The cheque was presented by the Imam of the Mosque who expressed his appreciation for the work among the homeless and the determination of the Mosque to help others. The mayor of Margate Councillor Rosamund Dixon and Margate ward councillors Ian Venables and Iris Johnston also attended the presentation.

Members of the mosque are also actively involved in a new inter-faith initiative – Believe in Thanet. This aims to bring people across the faith communities into closer understanding and cooperation.

A recent litter pick in Ramsgate brought members of the Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Buddhist faith together.  Raushan Rahman, the inspiration behind Believe in Thanet, spoke of the need to support those without a voice and initiated the contact between the Mosque and the Shelter.

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