A Slough based headteacher and the founders of a valued community group in the town have been recognised in the third annual SHE awards.

Joweria Khera has won in the 'remarkable women' category of the awards.

She is headteacher at the Al Iman Institute in Langley Road, Slough - a 'Saturday only' supplementary education institute offering courses in Islamic Studies to young Muslims aged from four upwards which operates on the site of St Bernard's Grammar School.

Its website says it aims at teaching 'tolerance, kindness, care, forgiveness, respect and truthfulness'.

Slough Modest Sister, a local community group was also represented at the event and its founders Roshtha Sadiq and Sima Bhatti won a 'community champion award'.  

Roshtha Sadiq, co-founder of Slough Modest Sister and also CEO of luxury gift brand, Simply Hamperlicious also won under the category 'business woman of the year'. 

She said: "Thank you to the awards for recognising the hard work women do as mothers, daughters, wives and working women.  It shows  that hard work does pay off. Don't ever give up on a dream. If you want something in life - go for it. Nothing is impossible in life you just have to put your mind, faith and focus into it with lots of perseverance."      

Ms Khera said: "It was wonderful to receive the highly commended award for the Remarkable Women category and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. It was fantastic to see such amazing women and their fantastic efforts in business, arts and culture as well as charitable causes."

The third annual SHE award ceremony was held at the Hallmark Hotel in Chigwell on Sunday, March 8, attended by business and community figures from around the UK. The awards are run in conjunction with British Safety Industry and Federation.They aim to give equal opportunities to woman of all backgrounds and were launched in 2018 to celebrate 100 years of women getting the vote.

With hundreds of nominations in 12 categories, the finalists were chosen by public vote and scored individually by a panel of judges.