AN ANONYMOUS donation of £1,000 has been made to a fundraiser aiming to revamp a mosque in Reading.

The Reading Islamic Cultural Centre are taking Ramadan donations to meet their target of £50,000 to extend the building in Cumberland Road, providing new and improved facilities for those using the mosque.

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A GoFundMe page states that the mosque is in need of improvements, and that money raised will: extend prayer areas on the ground and first floors; provide larger toilet facilities on all floors; a new social area in the basement; new kitchen facilities and a 'youth space'.

So far, £6,127 has been raised, with a generous £1,000 donation made anonymously this week.

Organiser Naeem Akthar is running the fundraising appeal on behalf of Reading Islamic Cultural Centre.

On the fundraising page, he wrote: "The Masjid is in dire need of improved facilities - help us update the Masjid so that we can better serve our community - from the elders to the sisters to our young ones and the future generations to come."

Set up on May 3 for Ramadan, which ends on May 23, many donations have flooded in.

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One donator commented: "We need better mosque facilities in all parts of Reading and I don't want to miss the opportunity to earn extra ajr during the holy month of Ramadan."

While another said: "Cumberland Road Centre, for a small Islamic Centre, is well run and very active in spreading the Deen as well as being a hub for community support across communities.

"Hopefully the expanded building will only increase their capacity to offer more services."

To read about plans for the revamp or to donate, visit the fundraising page here.