West Thames College was delighted to host an Iftar service on Friday 22 March in support of its local community.

The event was jointly organised by Hounslow Friends of Faith (a voluntary interfaith charity who aim to increase knowledge and understanding of different faiths and who support equality and diversity) and Al-Mustafa Welfare Trust. The evening brought together members of the local community alongside our college staff and student representatives and the event was a celebration of the holy month of Ramadan with Iftar being the point at which people are able to break their fast.

The event’s host was Charanjit Ajitsingh (Hounslow Friends of Faith and a West Thames College Governor), who did a fantastic job in bringing together speakers and audience members to share their stories. The Mayor of Hounslow, Afzaal Kiani, gave a keynote speech, highlighting the importance of Ramadan and Iftar. Alongside the Mayor, other keynotes included Rosi Prescott (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London) and Shamama Lateef, Director of Al Mustafa Welfare Trust International.


The event took place in the College's historical Spring Grove House and welcomed attendees from diverse backgrounds to share a meal and engage in discussions about the significance of Ramadan and the importance of fostering unity and understanding among different cultures and faiths.

Tracy Aust, CEO & Principal said: “This is the third time we have hosted the event and I was privileged to attend it for the first time. It was inspiring to hear the experiences of the community as well as those of our students. Being able to support events such as these is really important to us. Our community partners are an integral part of who we are and what we do and opportunities such as these, enable us all to celebrate the fantastic diversity we have in the College and in our wider community.”


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