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Vote for our Health Hero, Dr Ali Haider

28 Jul 2020

GP and part-time tutor who delivered over 450 care packages to frontline workers during the COVID-19 lockdown is in the running for a Health Hero award

Dr Ali Haider

A GP and part-time tutor here at our University who delivered over 450 care packages to public services staff living in hotels during the COVID-19 lockdown is up for a Health Hero award.

Dr Ali Haider – motivated after hearing how fellow GPs had died after contracting coronavirus and who used a considerable sum of his own money, at one point over half his monthly salary – needs your vote to win.

Dr Ali, whose practice is in Longsight, spent his spare time visiting police officers and firefighters as well as nursing home, pharmacy and NHS staff to deliver food, toiletries and treats. 

As well as using his own money, he asked the CEOs of different companies to ask for give-aways.

As demand grew, retail giants including Tesco, Asda, Marks and Spencer and Costco all participated. He would spend weekends and after work bagging up the gifts with his parents and his sister and then distributing the packages – even during the period of Ramadan when he was fasting.

Each package included a note saying thank you and giving his phone number so the staff can text or call if they need someone to chat to.

“It’s all about sending some love to people who are working against the odds,” said the Swedish doctor whose family originate from Basra, in Iraq.

“I want to be able to say to myself I did something of value during the lockdown. But I also want to highlight the amazing things these people are doing.

“I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response of these companies. It has been really uplifting.

"It’s been hard work, but there are people who are working a lot harder than me. At least I can go home to my family each night." 

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