An Eid celebration dinner raised £5,300 for the Rosemère Cancer Foundation.
The event was moderated by Professor Mohammed Munavvar, a world-renowned consultant in Thoracology from the Royal Preston Hospital.
The donation was raised by its 180 guests via ticket sales, pledges and an auction and was stimulated by stall owners, who paid a fee to attend.
Held at the Imperial Banqueting Suite in Preston, the event also allowed Professor Munavvar, who has worked at Royal Preston for almost 23 years, to talk about his work and how support from the Rosemère Cancer Foundation allowed him to ensure that the city hospital had the latest lung cancer diagnostic technology, usually before any other hospital in the country.
Professor Munavvar, Chairman of the Interventional Pulmonology Group of the European Respiratory Society, Past President of the European Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology and Past President of the British Thoracic Society, ended his presentation by detailing other new equipment which he hopes the charity will help bring to Preston in the near future.
Also present at the dinner were Dan Hill, CEO of the Rosemère Cancer Foundation, and Kulsoom, an artist from Blackburn, who coordinated the booths and led a team of volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the event. Among the volunteers was her seven-year-old son, Nazir.
Rosemere Cancer Foundation strives to bring world-class cancer treatment and services to cancer patients across Lancashire and South Cumbria treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, Specialist Regional Cancer Center and radiotherapy in Lancashire and South Cumbria at the Royal Preston Hospital, and eight other local hospital cancer units in the two counties.
The charity funds things beyond NHS means such as clinical research, staff training, innovative services and state-of-the-art equipment such as EBUS, a flexible endobronchial ultrasound system used to diagnose cancer early lung.
When originally funded by the Rosemere Cancer Foundation for Professor Munavvar in 2005 and then upgraded by the charity in 2014 with a second generation system, the Royal Preston Hospital became the first hospital twice (NHS or private) throughout the UK to have the equipment.
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