UHNM celebrates Black History Month

Pictured: Muhamad Abdoulaye Jallow, who presented to Trust Board as part of Black History Month

As part of Black History Month and to celebrate the contribution of our diverse workforce, we invited Muhamad Abdoulaye Jallow to share his inspiring staff story at our recent Trust Board meeting. Muhamad (known as Mo) is originally from The Gambia and now works as a radiographer in UHNM's busy imaging department.

Charlotte Lees, Workforce Equality Manager, said: "We were delighted to hear Mo's inspirational story. He has worked incredibly hard to get where he is and always has a smile for everyone!  We're very grateful that he took the time to come and talk to us and he is a valued member of our BAME staff network, which works to improve the workplace experiences of our black and minority ethnic staff."

Mo said: "I was born in The Gambia, West Africa, a country where people from multiple tribes and different religions live together in harmony. As a child, I used to witness my dad respectfully joke with people from other tribes and I always used to be amazed by how they all enjoyed one another's company. From an early age, my parents taught me to be kind to others and never to treat anyone differently based on how they look or what language they speak."

"In July 2012, I started working at UHNM and in 2013 I embarked on another journey to become a diagnostic radiographer. Unfortunately, I was tested extensively from the beginning of that journey. The road was not a smooth one and within a short time I lost my aunt, my uncle, my dad, my grandmother and my oldest nephew. It was a very difficult moment for me but I remembered my parents and my late sister used to say "never allow a situation to stop you from achieving your goals and even if you fall, fall forward…and never give up. It took many years of patience and determination to see the light at the end of the tunnel and without the support of my family and friends I would not have been the man I am today.

"In the NHS, it should not matter what you are, where you are from and what your religion is. It is not about an individual or a particular group of people. It is about valuing differences, standing up for what is right, working together and creating an environment where everyone can make differences that we can all be proud of."

Black History Month is a nationwide celebration of Black History, Arts and Culture throughout the UK. It is a time for recognising the contribution made to our society over many years by the African and Caribbean communities and particularly to the NHS.