Burnley teacher among the half-a-million 'heroes' stepping up to support the NHS during the pandemic
A Burnley teacher is among the half-a-million people who have volunteered to help support the NHS in the coronavirus crisis.
Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College IT and computer teacher Shahid Hussain, is currently working from home as he is self-isolating due to underlying medical conditions and also has elderly mother to look after.
But he is keeping busy setting work for his pupils.
He already volunteers at the Inspiring Grace food bank in Nelson and decided to also offer his help to the NHS in the volunteer scheme that is one of several to help relieve pressure on medics and support staff.
“I know many other teachers and staff have as well and I just wanted to do my bit,” said Mr Hussain.
“It’s such a crazy time at the moment but it keeps my hopes high that the country is coming together.
“I can’t get out and do deliveries but I saw the part about ringing vulnerable people and chatting to them to help them. I thought ‘I can do that.’
“For Inspiring Grace, I used to go delivering for them and help with logistics and now I am helping from home in other ways.”
Burnley born and bred, Shahid has taught in Dubai, London and Rochdale before coming back ‘home’ in January to Blessed Trinity.
“As well as working with my pupils from home, I have been trying to help others and have written a piece on how to Home School 2020, during the lockdown period.
"Like everyone else, I want to help as much as I can.”
To volunteer to help the NHS go to https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhs