In pictures: Mitzvah Day in Maidenhead

In pictures: Mitzvah Day in Maidenhead

James Preston

In pictures: Mitzvah Day in Maidenhead

Collections for the homeless, leaf clearing and bulb planting were among a host of activities taking place for an inter-faith day of good deeds yesterday.

The annual tradition of Mitzvah Day, which is a Jewish day of social action that incorporates people from all religions, saw volunteers do their bit to help out across Maidenhead.

At Sainsbury's in Providence Place, a group of young people spent the morning gathering food donations from shoppers for Open Kitchen Foodshare, collecting two trolleys full of food.

At Maidenhead Synagogue in Ray Park Road, teams were hard at work making soup for the charity, which helps people who cannot afford to feed themselves properly, making 120 servings in just over two hours.

They also held a collect-a-thon for Berkshire East & South Bucks Women's Aid, gathering 20 bags full of items to donate to the charity.

Guards Club Park was also spruced up, as volunteers planted bulbs and cleared leaves.

In total, more than 100 people took part.

Andrew Knight, who was collecting food at Sainsbury's, said: "It's about not only doing good deeds but inspiring others to do good deeds as well.

"It really helps make Maidenhead more of a family rather than just a group of people."

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