Mosques support Blue Horizon Appeal

Dr Mustafa Mulla presents the cheque to Adam Cairnes, director of Prostate Scotland
Dr Mustafa Mulla presents the cheque to Adam Cairnes, director of Prostate Scotland

A Motherwell doctor has helped raise over £12,500 for the Prostrate Scotland Blue Horizon Appeal.

Mustafa Mulla and his family, wife Saleha Zareen, daughter Umaima and son Arafat, collected the money for the appeal which aims to help bring about robot assisted prostate cancer surgery for men in the West and East of Scotland.

A cheque was presented by Dr Mulla to Prostate Scotland director Adam Gaines at the Central Lanarkshire Mosque last week.

Dr Mulla, who has already benefited from robot assisted prostate surgery, said: “As a patient, for me robot assisted surgery was important and certainly my recovery from surgery was easier and quicker because this technique is so much less invasive and I am very pleased with the outcome.

“My family and I all wanted to fundraise to support the appeal as we all want to help enable this kind of facility to be available here in the west and east of Scotland.

“I would like to thank the Lanarkshire Mosques, including the Central Mosque in Lanarkshire, The Mosque of the Islamic Centre Hamilton, The Mosque of the Islamic Education Trust of Cumbernauld, and the Mosque of Airdrie and Coatbridge Islamic Centre for their wonderful generosity supporting my fundraising efforts”.

Prostate Scotland aims to raise £2.86m to fund programmes of robotically-assisted prostate cancer surgery in the East and West Scotland.

Mr Gaines said: “This has been a magnificent fund-raising effort that is a significant boost to our appeal and will help make a massive difference to scores of people’s lives.

“I would like to thank Dr Mulla and his family for their wonderful and extraordinary support for our appeal and also Mr Siddique for his kind and most thoughtful help promoting our appeal.

“We also extend our very grateful thanks to the Mosques and the Muslim community in Lanarkshire for their magnificent generosity and support which helps bring us closer to our aim of enabling robotic assisted prostate cancer surgery for men with prostate cancer in the West and East of Scotland.”

The Scottish Government has recently pledged up to £2m funding towards the appeal.

Mr Gaines added: “Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men – with one in 11 men at risk of it.

“Medical advances over the past two decades have doubled the survival rates among those diagnosed with Prostate Cancer – but NHS projections suggest that incidence of this condition will rise by 35 per cent over the next decade.

“This emphasises the need for the latest surgical techniques to be available for men in the west and east of Scotland sooner rather than later.”