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Cathedral worshipper joins fight against COVID-19
Here’s a great story sent to us by Hassan, an Iranian refugee who came and worshipped with us at Newcastle Cathedral a couple of years ago.
He worshipped with us very faithfully, and we even explored the possibility of him heading up a Farsi-speaking congregation here, but then he had to move down to Manchester, to take up an opportunity to continue his studies.
A member of the Cathedral staff managed to find him lodgings with friends there for the course of his studies, and eventually he met a young woman at church, and they got married last year!
And here he is now – qualified, and working on the front line of medical research and production to support the battle against COVID-19! He has worked so hard, and we are really proud of him!
Many people at the Cathedral will remember Hassan, and he has said he is happy for us to share his story more widely.
So here it is:
“I came to England as a refugee from Iran with an engineering background and lots of experience. Due to barriers in the system I had to re-qualify to be able to find a job.
I was required to reach a certain level in the IELTS exam and pass exams relating to my field before I returned to work. I have now finished my UK requalification courses and found employment with the support of RefuAid for the language course and in sitting my professional exams.
My specialism is biomaterials science and regenerative medicines and I am currently working for a medical device company which provides supplies to the NHS and patients across the word.
My company is currently working hard to help the NHS and supply medical devices and eager to shift manufacturing platform to build ventilators. Our pharmaceutical department is working on the study of a vaccine and hoping to consider mass production in early 2021.
I am able to use my passion for engineering and science once again, here in the UK.”
~ Mr Hassanpour.
We are so incredibly humbled to see the contribution Hassan is making in the current fight against COVID-19.
RefuAid supports practical solutions to language, employment and housing in refugee-hosting communities. The charity was founded in 2015 in an effort to remove reliance on external aid and restore independence and dignity to refugees throughout Europe. They work with communities to provide long-term solutions for both refugee and host communities. For more information, please visit: refuaid.org