Royal couple visit Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking to pack emergency food packages


The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking to pack emergency food packages for vulnerable people in the district.

Prince Edward and Sophie, who live in Surrey, helped volunteers at the Oriental Road Mosque earlier this week, following recent visits to the Woking Food Bank and St Peter’s Hospital.

With generous support from local churches, businesses and the entire community, the mosque has successfully delivered more than 700 packages to help local residents weather the coronavirus pandemic.

Shahid Azeem, High Sheriff of Surrey, said: “The Earl and Countess of Wessex were warmly welcomed in Woking and we were delighted to help them get the supplies they need to those most affected by the crisis. “

The Earl and Countess of Wessex joined volunteers from the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking.
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He added: “We are also proud to share our story and show them the remarkable collaborative effort undertaken by the whole community here. “

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In April, Woking Foodbank welcomed Sophie to join volunteers who provide emergency food packages and essential baby supplies.

And on International Nurses Day on May 12, Sophie also volunteered to help pack food packaging for health workers, as well as meet nurses and midwives at St Peter Hospital in Chertsey.

The Shah Jahan Mosque was the first mosque to be built in the United Kingdom and northern Europe, and is a vital community focal point for the local Muslim community.

Last year it received Grade I listed historic building status and celebrated its 130th anniversary.


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