Moosa – Duke Solicitors feel strongly about making a wider contribution and have therefore worked with a number of health related charities. Some of our charitable activities can be seen on our Facebook Photos Page
Healing Little Hearts is a Leicester-based charity Founded in August 2007 by Dr Sanjiv Nichani a Paediatric Intensive Care Consultant at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Healing Little Hearts mobilises teams of health professional who then perform free life-saving heart operations on the poorest babies and children in the developing world. Over 1400 operations have been performed in over 10 years. Healing Little Hearts now carries out 20 camps in 9 countries across 3 continents in the developing world every year. This forms Healing Little Hearts Global Foundation. For further information please visit http://www.healinglittlehearts.org.uk
Mehmooda travelled to Vijayavada, India, in March 2018, where she observed a number of children’s heart operations being done; Mehmooda described what she saw as breathtaking. She witnessed compassion and skill and was overwhelmed by the difference that the work of the charity made to the children and their families; children who would otherwise have died.
Mehmooda Duke, Managing Director of Moosa- Duke Solicitors first met Rik in 2014. The Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign was chosen as our supported charity for 2015.
Mehmooda was deeply moved by Rik, his story and his journey. Rik, a healthy family man delivered the news that none of us want to hear – he was told he had got leukaemia. However, because he was of Asian origin, Rik could not find a suitable bone marrow donor to match; doctors told him he had about 2 weeks left.
Having given up hope of ever finding a match, one was found at the very last minute and gave Rik and his family a second chance.
Rik has dedicated his life to making a difference and works tirelessly to increase the stem cell register.
Mehmooda looks forward to working with Rik and his team in their efforts to raise awareness and increase the stem cell register.
September 2015 is a special month for the Rik Basra Campaign. Rik and his team are on a mission to increase the stem cell register with an event every day. They will be collecting samples of sputum from 16-30 year olds.
Leicestershire Law Society, in conjunction with the Fosse Business Breakfast Club of which Mehmooda is a founder member, organised a 10 mile charity walk in the Peak District on 26 September 2015 to raise funds for the Rik Basra Leukaemia campaign.
The Spark Arts For Children is a registered charity which offers children the opportunity to discover and enjoy the arts as audiences, as learners and as creators of their own art.
As an organisation, The Spark collaborates with exciting artists from around the world creating innovative and inspiring work, and actively supports the creative development of artists and educators.
There are also some photos of Leicestershire Law Society supporting Sparks Arts here.
Since 2013, Moosa-Duke Solicitors have been championing Cauda Equina UK, the first and only registered charity exclusively for Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) in the UK. It was founded in October 2011 by Annie Glover, a sufferer of CES.
Moosa – Duke Solicitors provide ongoing free legal advice and support to Cauda Equina sufferers. We have worked on a number of CES cases in the past and have managed to negotiate settlements for CES sufferers which have helped them to adjust to and manage their life with the syndrome.
In September 2014 Moosa – Duke Solicitors organised a charity walk with the help of Fosse Breakfast Business Club. We raised around £6,000 for Cauda Equina UK. Click here to donate or see pictures of the walk.
CES is a serious neurological condition which occurs when the nerves of the Cauda Equina at the base of the Spinal cord become compressed, often by a prolapsed or ‘slipped’ disc but it can also be caused by trauma, tumours, infection or secondary to medical procedure. These nerves supply the bladder, bowel, genitals and lower limbs and damage can cause permanent disability in these areas.
Early detection and swift action is essential in the successful treatment of CES. If diagnosis is delayed, a sufferer may then face a life-long struggle with this debilitating condition.
For more information on CES and the charity please check out their website.
You can also read Michelle’s story about her Cauda Equina mis-diagnosis in our case studies section and have a look at the BBC news clip below.
Mehmooda and her team have between them completed 3 runs for Cancer Research UK and raised over £5,000 in the process.
In 2013, Mehmooda organised 48 business men and women of Leicester, along with friends and family to tackle a 10 mile walk in the Peak District.
The walk raised just under £10,000 for the Multi-Sensory Unit in The Children and Young People’s Cancer Unit on Ward 27 of the Leicester Royal Infirmary. The Leicester Hospitals Charity aims to provide the best possible facilities and environment for patients, staff and visitors as well as helping to supply state-of-the-art equipment. They are the Charity for all 3 hospitals in Leicester; Leicester General Hospital, Glenfield & Leicester Royal Infirmary.