Award-winning mosque is hosting an awareness event to fight some of the taboos surrounding cancer.
Masjid E Sajedeen partnered with Macmillan Cancer Support last year to help fight some misconceptions and emphasize the importance of early intervention when a person is diagnosed with cancer.
As part of the project, the Plane Tree Road Mosque, which recently won the 2022 MCB Community Kindness Award, is hosting a series of awareness raising events, which will also help raise vital funds for the cancer charity.
The second Macmillan session will be held on Sunday January 16, reserved for men, after the success of a race reserved for women held in October. Everyone is welcome, from the local community and of all faiths, from 1:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Masjid E Sajedeen President Councilor Salim Sidat said: “Our first event was a great success with around 100 people in attendance. It was really positive, we had fantastic feedback and offered essential advice and support.
“I hope this will start to remove some of the barriers and misconceptions around cancer and allow people to reach out and get the life-saving help that is available to them.
“These events aim to help us help the local community take care of their loved ones. We urge anyone who is worried about cancer, or perhaps a family member who has been diagnosed, to come speak to our healthcare professionals.
“They can find out how Macmillan can help and support them and their families when they are diagnosed with cancer.”
East Lancashire Hospitals Trust staff, including a specialist consultant and nurse, will be on hand to present the emotional, financial and practical support available locally.
Louise Osgood, Macmillan Relations Fundraiser for East Lancashire, added: “We are working alongside Masjid E Sajedeen because we know being diagnosed with cancer is scary. But we’re here to make sure people are getting the right help every step of the way, whether it’s physical issues, how you’re feeling, money worries, or something completely different.
“Wherever you are and whoever you are, Macmillan will do whatever it takes to make sure you have the support you need.”