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April 2016 Newsletter Video Blog

April 2016 Newsletter Video Blog

Meshar Mumtaz Bano

After a brave four year struggle with metastatic breast cancer my beloved mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano passed away this month.

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and I was blessed to be with her during her final hours.

My beautiful mother Meshar Mumtaz Bano

Photograph taken 3 months after her initial diagnosis

Words fail me as I cannot praise the Macmillan secondary breast nurse specialists Bethan Daniels and Claire Gaskell, oncologists and staff at The Christie, Manchester, St Bartholomew's, The Royal London and Whipps Cross enough who diligently cared for Mum during her most difficult days and treated her with the utmost dignity and respect.

Despite all the treatments and endless hospital appointments Mum never once complained about her illness and was always smiling.

She was a keen gardener, phenomenal chef and enjoyed travelling. She devoted her entire life to support her three children achieve their ambitions. 

She was my 'Angel' and a beautiful gentle soul. I miss her dearly.

Meshar Mumtaz Bano at Anne Hathaways Garden Stratford Upon Avon UK

Mum enjoying her visit to Anne Hathaway's garden


Mum was a pioneer in her own right and understood the importance of supporting fairtrade and disadvantaged producers.

She religiously purchased fairtrade flowers, sugar, bananas and chocolates.

Meshar Mumtaz Bano visiting The Little Fair Trade Shop, Dubai, March 2011

Mum supporting my humble fairtrade stall JBR, Dubai - 2011

She was very excited to see my progress and view all the new fairtrade products I had recently sourced.

Meshar Mumtaz Bano - Dubai, March 2011

I can only hope that she would have been happy to know that I will continue to campaign for Fair Trade in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates and educate more of her peers in the United Kingdom.

As I end this message I would like to take this opportunity to say that I would whole heartedly encourage all my friends and family to support a cancer organisation or volunteer their time to visit a cancer patient.

Please do not be afraid to ask a cancer patient and their carers what assistance they require as often is the case they will feel embarrassed, proud or an inconvenience to ask.

Please do consider small acts of kindness for example driving a patient to their appointment, making their favourite meal or fulfilling a wish or an ambition of their choice.

These priceless gestures will make the world of difference to their recovery.

Night of Neon 2012 - Manchester, United Kingdom

My Night of Neon 10km walk for The Christie, Manchester

You will be rewarded tenfold.

I have attached my April 2016 Video Blog for you to view below.


Fairtrade Amee my beloved mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and Sabeena Ahmed - Fairtrade Fortnight Dubai, UAE 2015

Mums last visit to Dubai - February 2015

With much love and respect to other cancer patients and their families.


Meshar Mumtaz Bano at Edinburgh Castle - May 2014

 Meshar Mumtaz Bano at Edinburgh Castle - May 2014

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My sister sent me links to webinars about Great Mental Health Day which took place 26th January 2024.

I am grateful to all the guest speakers and trainers who took time out of their busy schedules to talk about Suicide Prevention, Bereavement and Write to Speak Your Poetry.

Translation in Urdu

میری بہن نے مجھے عظیم دماغی صحت کے دن کے بارے میں ویبینرز کے لنکس بھیجے جو 26 جنوری 2024 کو ہوا تھا۔

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January 2024 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my fair trade friends and family around the world.

My right shoulder is still very painful and inflamed again and I have struggled to type this blog.

Despite my pain I managed to attend a webinar and record videos about PIE Community members expressing an interest to join.

I joined a couple of sessions about Mental Health and Suicide Training.

These sessions were organised by THRIVE LDN.

Translation in Urdu

نیا سال مبارک ہو!

دنیا بھر میں میرے تمام منصفانہ تجارتی دوستوں اور اہل خانہ کو نیا سال مبارک ہو۔

میرا دایاں کندھا اب بھی بہت تکلیف دہ ہے اور دوبارہ سوجن ہے اور میں نے اس بلاگ کو ٹائپ کرنے کے لیے جدوجہد کی ہے۔

اپنی تکلیف کے باوجود میں ایک ویبنار میں شرکت کرنے اور کمیونٹی کے ممبران کے بارے میں ویڈیوز ریکارڈ کرنے میں کامیاب ہو گی جو اس میں شامل ہونے میں دلچسپی کا اظہار کرتے ہیں۔

میں دماغی صحت اور خودکشی کی تربیت کے بارے میں کچھ سیشنز میں شامل ہوے۔

ان سیشنز کا اہتمام THRIVE LDN نے کیا تھا۔

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Expression of interest to join World Pulse's Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee  (PIE) - February 2024
Expression of interest to join World Pulse's Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee (PIE) - February 2024

During December 2023 I was invited to join the Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee (PIE) ad hoc sub group to encourage and motivate new World Pulse Community members to join.

Despite my poor health and painful right shoulder I have recorded a video in English, edited it and added subtitles in English and Urdu.

Please kindly click below to apply as a member of the Powershift Excellence Committee.

Application Form link https://forms.gle/TUDeGiXwTtzqv4oh6

The date for the submission of the application form is the 2nd February 2024, but this date could be extended. 

I forget to mention in the video that Community members must adhere to the following criteria:

1. Applicants must be World Pulse Community Members for 2 years.

2. Applicants must be World Pulse badge holders.

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