SHOPPERS must have thought Valentine's Day had come early as volunteers handed out 250 red roses on Saturday (September 21).
But the flowers were actually given away in Hounslow High Street to promote the United Nations' International Day of Peace.
Volunteers from the Centre for Spirituality & Cultural Advancement, a worldwide Islamic charity promoting harmony among people of all backgrounds, gave away the roses, accompanied by messages of peace.
Charity trustee Farzana Kosar said: "There were lots of smiley faces and everybody was very happy to receive a rose.
"We were trying to promote community spirit and help build peace, acceptance and love."
Ms Kosar added that she didn't know at the time about the attack at the shopping centre in Nairobi which began that day and claimed at least 69 lives.
The charity recently bought the old health centre Manor House, in Manor Lane, Feltham, where it plans to host art exhibitions, workshops and other events.