Husband and Wife Dentist and GP win Dual Public Service Awards
Khalid and his wife Rehana had double the reason to celebrate recently.
At the 2017 Fusion Awards, Dr. R. Master won the Public Service trophy and Dr. K. Master received the Finalist award for the hotly contested Community Group of the Year category on behalf of the educational charity; Abu Hanifah Foundation (AHF). The glitzy ceremony was held at King George’s Hall, Blackburn on Saturday May 13th.
The Fusion awards aim to honour unsung community heroes. Both Khalid and Rehana selflessly devote nearly 1000 hours a year to charity on a voluntary basis, whilst juggling full time jobs and raising a young family.
Rehana fulfils two key roles within the Foundation that of Chief Welfare Officer and Head of Health Services. Khalid is a Founding Trustee and Chairman of all AHF service arms such as the; Evening and Weekend Supplementary Schools, Football Academy, Girls Sports Club, Classes delivered in British Sign Language for the Deaf, Scouts Colonies and Disabled Sports to name but a few.
AHF aims to produce the next generation of role models by raising aspirations of young people who go on to lead purpose driven lives by making pioneering contributions to their immediate society and beyond. In a space of just 6 years, AHF has become one of the most inspirational community groups of their kind in the region, by changing the way their community is perceived and showing how volunteering can have such a positive impact on neighbourhoods.
Through their unique ‘holistic education’ vision and a series of ground breaking programmes they have changed the landscape of supplementary educational provision. Collectively, their services benefit almost 1000 people EVERY week!
Dear Dr. Khalid and Dr.Rehana Master,
I am writing to extend my heartfelt thanks for your attendance at our Presentation Evening. As our guest speakers you were inspiring and we could not have selected better role models from our local community.
It was enthralling to hear about your journeys to success and your words echoed the values, determination and conviction we try to instil in our students. I am absolutely certain that as well as our young people, there were many adults in the audience who could relate to your stories. We are very privileged to have such highly esteemed individuals as yourselves, as supporters of our school.
I found your talk to be very relevant to our students as they embark upon their own journeys and I am sure your words will encourage and motivate them to chase their own dreams and achieve the very best they are capable of. Your presentations were absolutely fabulous, full of true emotion that whole audience palpably connected with and your accomplished and professional style was refreshingly honest. The silence in King George’s Hall as you spoke and the complete attention from the audience was a testament to the pertinence of your messages and the eloquence of your delivery.
I have been inundated with requests from inspired staff asking if you would be willing to come into school to deliver further motivational speeches to our young people, in particular our year 10 and 11 students. I eagerly look forward to working with yourselves in the future.
Mrs Atkinson, our head teacher, said she had to hold back the tears at one point due to the poignancy of your message and went on to conclude: ‘Your talk loudly echoed the messages I convey and emphasised that, with hard work, determination and resilience you can become what you aspire to.’
Mr Braithwaite said: ‘The students had been excited and motivated to hear from two local heroes who have reached some of the highest echelons of their professions yet make time to give back to their local communities through their charitable works, which they found to be inspired as well as admirable.’
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and we, as a school, look forward to working collaboratively with you again in the very near future.
With huge appreciation,
“Blackburn Central High School presentation”
Drs. Khalid and Rehana Master were privileged to be invited as guests of honour to the year 12 Blackburn Central High School presentation evening held recently at the prestigious venue of King George’s Hall.
Their duties included the handing out of awards and delivering a keynote speech to an audience of 400 students, parents, teachers and honourable guests such as school governors and the Mayor and Daughter Mayoress of Blackburn.
Their speeches focused on their personal journeys to success in their respective careers in dentistry and medicine. They highlighted the many personal tragedies they had experienced in their lives as well as the numerous hurdles they had to overcome, in order for them to be in the privileged positions they find themselves today.
Given the fact that they are both local, having been brought up in Blackburn and Bolton respectively, they both came from humble beginnings, both their parents were extremely poor, they both attended state schools, they are both of Indian heritage and they are both practicing Muslims resonated very much with the audience and proved to highlight the fact that they are two perfect local role models who are true to life examples of what can be achieved with dedication, perseverance, application and ‘never say die’ attitude.
Their speeches served to raise the spirit and aspirations of the children as it highlighted the fact that you don’t need to be affluent or have a privileged education to be successful. Furthermore, all the charity work that they do to help less fortunate than them in the local and wider community adds up to nearly 1000 hours between them every year, which is truly remarkable. All the children were encouraged to follow their dreams and aspirations with conviction coupled with resilience. Their stories are living examples of what can be achieved if you have a vision and you seize the opportunities that you are offered; Carpe Diem.
AHF integration cohesion and contribution
Here are a very small selection of photos that represent the breadth, reach and scope of AHF work within the scouting, footballing, disability, women’s and children’s spheres.
A remarkable new public exhibition featuring some of the most prominent and successful British Muslims is to be unveiled at the House of Lords on Wednesday evening 2nd of November.
The 45 Poster, all colour exhibition showcases the significant and positive contributions of British Muslims to the UK. Famous sportsmen, celebrities, politicians, entrepreneurs, journalists and health care professionals have been included.
Sportsmen such as quadruple Olympic gold medalist and World Champion; Mo Farah, international English cricketer Moeen Ali, world championship boxer Amir Khan are featured.
Celebrities such as Nadiya Hussain, winner of 2015’s Great British Bake Off have been included.
Politicians such as The Mayor of London, the Rt. Hon. Sadiq Khan, the former vice chair of the Conservative Party; The Rt. Hon. Baroness Warsi and many others.
Entrepreneurs such as James Caan CBE as well as eminent, well-respected journalists such as the political editor of Sky News; Faisal Islam and writer, broadcaster; Mehdi Hassan have all been included.
I’m very pleased and proud to announce that I have also been included amongst this prestigious and glittering array of remarkable people, within the health care professionals category for attaining some of the highest accolades the profession has to offer, for being an inspirational role model for young people of all denominations and for the pioneering work I have done as Chairman of AHF, an educational charity that is redefining standards in holistic education and for helping produce the next generation of British role models.
Dr Khalid Master had a great session with the young AHF Beaver group on Saturday morning alongside Dr Nilam Shaheen. They covered topics such as roles of the GMP and the GDP especially with regards to healthy eating, a good balanced diet and healthy lifestyles.
Lots of fun was had by all.
A very well behaved, inquisitive and intelligent group with lots of insightful questions asked and with very helpful and capable set of Scout leaders.
Bank View donated some toothpaste, disclosing tablets, brushing charts and stickers for all participants.
Abu Hanifah Foundation
Dr Khalid Master of Bank View Smile Studios is a Founding Trustee and Chairman of the multi award winning Abu Hanifah Foundation (also known by the abbreviation AHF). AHF an innovative and world recognised, non for profit educational charity which is changing the landscape, redefining standards and producing the next generation of Muslim role models who are productive British citizens, leading meaningful, purpose driven lives, being able to make pioneering contributions to the immediate society and beyond, ultimately making the world a better place. (UK Charity Registration Number: 1144134)
The charity was setup in September 2011 by 9 Muslim professionals and is based in Blackburn, Lancashire. With the help of 6 teachers and a dozen volunteers in the first year, AHF helped around 80 children get a broad and balanced Islamic education by providing a rich and rewarding environment which developed enquiring, creative minds with a spirit of curiosity. AHF aims to assist each learner to comprehend the complexity of the world in which they live and understand that their own well-being is closely connected to that of all others around them, regardless of race, religion, creed, colour or nationality. Now in its 5th year, AHF now has over 150 staff and volunteers teaching more than 1000 children EVERY WEEK through the weekday evening supplementary school (madressah), 6 Muslim Scouts colonies, the AHF FC football academy which has over 400 young boys and girls aged 4-12, as well as many other voluntary services.
The most unique part of AHF is the ‘holistic education model’ which the whole premise is built upon. Most educational institutes focus primarily upon intellectual literacy of the learner and most religious education includes spiritual literacy too. However, AHF focuses upon ALL 8 domains of growth and development which also include, moral, personal, physical, social, cultural and interpersonal literacy’s. It is through the successful implementation of this unique model that AHF has attracted and hosted local, national and even international interest and visitors.
Together with his wife Dr Rehana Master, who is a medical GP working 6 days a week, a full time mum of 2 beautiful boys, chief welfare officer and head of AHF Health services, Khalid and Rehana incredibly donate more than 1000 voluntary hours between them to AHF! It’s a miracle that Khalid has time to be a partner and director of a multi award winning dental practice; Bank View Smile Studios also based in Blackburn, Lancashire.
Khalid is a highly talented dentist who graduated from Liverpool University in July 2000 and has worked in general dental practice ever since. Under Khalid’s stewardship BVSS has won more than 24 regional and national, dental and business awards including the prestigious accolade of the ‘Best Dental Clinic in the UK’ twice, as well as the Best Dental Team in the UK. The highly successful practice has also attained the Investors in People- Gold award, an accreditation that is rarely attained across all industry and unheard of within dentistry. Khalid has won 3 awards himself including Best Dentist, Best Employer and Best Smile Makeover in the UK.
Khalid studied dentistry to be able bring comfort, confidence and happiness into patients’ lives. His role as a healthcare provider entails the enablement of 3 fundamental human necessities; to eat, speak and socialise without pain, discomfort or reservation.
Khalid is very passionate about his profession and firmly believes in ‘giving back’ to the community and to the profession. One of the ways he combines both beliefs is to host high school, college and university students, as well as other dentists for work experience and work shadowing.
He is a role model for young people of all denominations, he is very popular and has facilitated over 80 experiences at the practice over the last few years alone, thereby successfully helping approximately 10% of students to gain entry into the most highly competitive university course available, based on the ratio of places on offer and the number of applicants nationally.
Khalid’s faith supports him in his work and everyday life as a British Muslim by keeping him focused on helping the wider community, being a role model, being appreciative of the special skills he possesses and utilising them for the betterment of humanity.
“The team gearing up and joining in the fun for the upcoming Smile Week”
“Superheroes night out”
Girls at Bank View took part in the annual East Lancs Hospice Starlight 10K Walk dressed as superheroes.
After crossing the finishing line the girls each received a medal and as the world slept a well earned sausage butty.
In May Kathy, Ann, Hannah and Claire climbed Scafell Pike to raise money for Dementia UK.
They braved the harsh conditions in memory of Lilian Harrison, Kathy’s mum who lost her battle with Dementia on Christmas Eve 2015.
Also Ann’s mum has been recently diagnosed with vascular dementia.
The grand total raised was £800.
The practice took part in cupcake day to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.Ann baked and decorated cupcakes and Kathy provided chocolate muffins to sell at the practice.
Helping to educate 6 & 7 year olds
As part of the healthy mouth, healthy body part of the national curriculum, 80 year 2 students aged 6 and 7 will be learning about the positive impacts of effective home care and optimal plaque control in preventing gum disease and tooth decay, facilitated by disclosing tablets donated by Khalid Master on behalf of Bank View Smile Studios.
happy 101st birthday
Everyone at BVSS would like to congratulate Khalid’s patient; Florence for reaching the momentous milestone of her 101st birthday recently.
She is most distinguished patient and being a long standing patient of BVSS we’re proud to inform you she still has her own natural teeth and manages to visit us at least once a year.
Many happy returns of the day Florence and we all look forward to welcoming you at your next dental visit.
This Year Ann Will Be Walking 10,000 Steps To Support The Women And Children In Some Of The Worlds Poorest Countries.
Top Prize For a Top Charity!
Blackburn based charity, Abu Hanifah Foundation, based at Wisdom House on Preston New Road has been named “Social Enterprise of the Year” at the 2015 E3 Business Awards, which were held on 11th June at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.
The organisation, which specialises in delivering high class education and innovative community engagement activities, faced intense competition from numerous charities and companies across the North West.
Receiving the award, the Chairman of the Foundation, Dr Khalid Master said: “To be in the illustrious company of such worthy finalists is reward itself, but to go onto win this prestigious award in such a competitive category is truly remarkable and a credit to the dedicated volunteers we have at AHF who devote almost every spare waking moment to the worthy cause.”
Speaking on behalf of 1 Events Media, which hosted and organised the awards, Managing Director Mubarak Chati said: “Many congratulations to Abu Hanifah Foundation, which took the title despite the strongest field of competitors that the E3 Awards have ever seen. The judges interviewed all the nominees and have said repeatedly that 2015 has been a truly exceptional year.”
“Across all the categories, we saw businesses, charities, organisations and individual entrepreneurs who have displayed vision, determination and energy. There is a lot of genuinely exciting talent in the North West and AHF is a great example of that as they have hosted visitors wanting to implement their vision and strategies from across the world and so I’m delighted to share in celebrating their success.”
More information about AHF can be found on its website – www.abuhanifahfoundation.org.
More information about the E3 Business Awards, including a full list of winners, can be found at www. e3businessawards.co.uk.
Bank View Team Abseil From Peel Tower
“Your Generosity Is Greatly Appreciated”
Claire´s Fundraising Fun For Dental Mavericks
Claire Poulton our dental nurse’s fundraising efforts for her trip to Morocco.
The Dental Mavericks provide urgently needed dental care to the children of El Jebah in the foothills of the Rif mountains.
You can sponsor Claire at the practice or through Just Giving at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ClairePoulton
To learn more about the Dental Mavericks click on the websitewww.dentalmavericks.org.
Ann & Johns Pub Walk
For East Lancs Hospice
Well done Ann and John on completing the 10 mile pub walk for East Lancs Hospice.
They have raised over £300 for this brilliant cause
Kathy Takes A Dive For Dental Mavericks
A massive well done to a very brave lady. Kathy Smith, our practice manager, doing her
sky dive for the Dental Mavericks and the children of Morocco.
She has raised in excess of £1000. So proud of her!
Well Done Kathy Smith!
Claires Charity Trip To Morocco
Following on from Kathy’s sky dive for the Dental Mavericks. Claire one of our nurses is travelling to Morocco in September as a volunteer nurse. She is giving her time for free but needs to raise money for her flight and to give to the charity.
You can sponsor Claire at the practice or through Just Giving athttp://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ClairePoulton
To learn more about the Dental Mavericks click on the websitewww.dentalmavericks.org.
Khalid Talks Dental Hygiene
Khalid recently visited a local Beaver Scout colony with over 50 kids and did a Dental Health Education and Awareness workshop.