Vicky Pickering, practice manager at Hollins Grove Surgery in Darwen, is fasting for the entire month of Ramadan in solidarity with her patients.
Vicky said: “I decided to fast as we have a new Muslim GP and a large number of new patients from the Muslim community and I thought I would do it to see how they feel and out of respect for them.”Did you ever do anything for Lent, Vicky?
“Dr Zaki Patel took over this surgery in January after the last GP retired.
“Since Dr Zaki arrived, many of his patients followed him.
“Up until January we only had a handful of patients from the BME community. Now we have about 300.”
She added: “I don’t want to be sat here eating and drinking in front of them.
“I want to know why they fast and how they do it. I want to learn about it all through fasting.”I'm reminded once more of that classic exchange between Dustin and Laurence...
“On the first day of Ramadan when I broke my fast, I texted Dr Zaki to say how grateful I was to be able to turn on a tap of water and how important it is to realise that not everyone has access to this.
“Mentally I am in a different place when I am fasting. I am prepared for it and I feel so positive about it.”You won't when you read the comments to th....
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