A world renowned chest consultant joined NHS colleagues to raise £1,000 for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Professor Mohammed Munavvar, Royal Preston Hospital, inspired 70 of his colleagues to join him to fast for a day.

Among those who took part were Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Chief Medical Director Dr Gerry Skailes and its Chief Nursing Officer Sarah Cullen and its two imams Khalid Ibrahim and Naeem Toorawa.

Also taking part was Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s Chief Officer Dan Hill. 

He said: “About three years ago, some of Professor Munavvar’s colleagues asked if he would mind if they joined him fasting for a day during Ramadan just to see what it was like and he suggested they support Rosemere Cancer Foundation in the process.

“More of his colleagues wanted to become involved and so last year, Professor Munavvar decided to turn the fast into a fundraising event for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which has funded diagnostic equipment for him. This year’s event was a grand success and I can see it getting bigger and bigger in the years to come.”

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Professor Munavvar helps to serve the food

Professor Munavvar, who is chair of the European Respiratory Society’s Interventional Pulmonology Group, immediate past president of the European Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology and a former president of the British Thoracic Society, invited all participants to the dining area within the Royal Preston Hospital’s Education Centre 1.

There he helped to serve fresh food, along with his colleagues and the hospital’s Imams.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, Lancashire and South Cumbria’s specialist regional cancer treatment and radiotherapy centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties.

The charity funds items beyond NHS means such as clinical research, staff training, innovative services and cutting edge equipment such as EBUS, a flexible endobronchial ultrasound system used to diagnose early lung cancer, which it bought at Professor’s Munavvar’s request.