Blackburn Mayor’s appeal exceeds £40k target for kidney dialysis machines

Coun Salim Mulla points the way

Coun Salim Mulla points the way

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

SALIM Mulla has revealed he has exceeded his target £40,000 to buy two new kidney dialysis machines for Royal Blackburn Hospital with his Mayoral appeal.

The extra cash he has raised, currently £16,000 and rising, will be used to support sufferers from renal disease.

The Queen’s Park councillor revealed the success of his appeal as Blackburn with Darwen council was set to confirm veteran Tory Alan Cottam as his successor as the borough’s first citizen.

He revealed proceeds from his charity appeal would be split between the local branch Soldiers, Sailors and Airmens Family Association and the East Lancashire Hospice in Blackburn.

Coun Mulla chose the dialysis machines and raising awareness of kidney disease because his wife and Mayoress Sayeeda had to wait six years to find a suitable match for a transplant after developing kidney disease just over eight years ago.

He said: “I can reveal I have not only achieved my target of £40,000 to buy to machines but raised £56,000 with more to come.

“I shall use the surplus to provide support for kidney disease suffers in the borough.

“My year as Mayor has been amazing. I have met the Queen at Blackburn Cathedral and seen the new Bishop of Blackburn Julian Henderson consecrated in York Minster.

“When I first came to Blackburn aged seven I could never have believed I could become the borough’s Mayor and have such a fantastic year.

“I have enjoyed every minute.”

Thursday’s meeting of Blackburn with Darwen borough’s full Council Forum will confirm 74-year-old Livesey with Pleasington councillor Alan Cottam as the 2014/2015 Mayor, the first Conservative since Sheila Williams in 2010/2011.

He said: “I am really looking forward to becoming Mayor of the borough.

“I congratulate Salim on his appeal. Well done.”

The council Labour group will choose their candidate as deputy mayor for the coming year and Mayor in 2015/216 on Wednesday night.

The transfer of office and Mayor making will take place on Thursday, June 5.

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2:35pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

He may gave a dodgy past but well done sir for your efforts on such a good cause.
He may gave a dodgy past but well done sir for your efforts on such a good cause. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: -128

4:31pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

These two kidney dialysis machines will relieve suffering and save lives for people from all communities in East Lancashire. Whatever councillor mulla has done in the past, this is a great effort for the people of East Lancashire.
These two kidney dialysis machines will relieve suffering and save lives for people from all communities in East Lancashire. Whatever councillor mulla has done in the past, this is a great effort for the people of East Lancashire. Excluded again
  • Score: 133

10:52pm Mon 21 Apr 14

ikap22 says...

What a fantastic fellow! Good on you! Pal. Well done.
What a fantastic fellow! Good on you! Pal. Well done. ikap22
  • Score: -126

7:14am Tue 22 Apr 14

caballo says...

Is, was and always be a convicted fraudster. Shame on on the council for allowing this charlatan to hold office.
Is, was and always be a convicted fraudster. Shame on on the council for allowing this charlatan to hold office. caballo
  • Score: 128

8:23pm Tue 22 Apr 14

zabby says...

Convicted fraudster ,got a position like this unbelievable,what next convicted drug dealers,and peadophiles ..?..
Convicted fraudster ,got a position like this unbelievable,what next convicted drug dealers,and peadophiles ..?.. zabby
  • Score: 120

10:22am Tue 13 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Do you think he has a look of ROLF HARRIS !!!! ????
Do you think he has a look of ROLF HARRIS !!!! ???? ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 105

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