A TEMPLE hosted the launch of a new report on the role of Hindu Mandirs during the pandemic.

Slough Hindu Mandir was chosen for the official introduction of the report called 'The Role of Hindu Mandirs during the Covid Pandemic in the UK 2020-21' with live stream on YouTube for those who couldn't attend.

It was launched by Hasmukh Shah, trustee of World Council of Hindus UK, with the Mayor of Slough Cllr Dilbagh Parmar and others in attendance.

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Bharat Mistry, national coordinator of Hindu Mandir Network, explained the background and details of how the report was compiled; with 40 Hindu Mandirs across the UK contributing their information about their Covid response activities.

The report highlights the contribution that Hindu Mandirs have given in response to Covid pandemic in their local areas, providing hot food to frontline hospital staff, helping food banks, providing food parcels to vulnerable and homeless and more.

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Lorraine Clayton, of Frimley Health Charity, who was in attendance, said: “I am privileged to be in your company tonight and to recognise the extra effort, dedication, passion phenomenal support you provided to the community. I am in awe of you.

“We have 12,000 staff and every one of them would clap for you if they were here. The staff were incredibly grateful for the hot food delivery they received.

“It brought smiles back on individual faces, boosted their morale to think that someone was thinking of them when they were working so hard, and helped to build resilience among the team and the community.”