July 25th 2016

Attending Nottingham’s Eid Festival

Captain Nabeela Malik, general surgeon, talks to members of the charity Muslim Hands

212 Field Hospital attended Nottingham’s Eid Festival earlier this month (16 July) to engage with the local Muslim community.

Nottingham celebrated Eid, the end of Ramadan, with a festival in the Forest Recreation Ground, better known as the site of the Goose Fair. An estimated 4,000 people attended the event that is an important celebration in the Islamic calendar.

Dr Musharraf OBE expressing his support for the Armed Forces

Dr Musharraf OBE expressing his support for the Armed Forces

Dr Musharraf OBE, a local imam, invited reserve units to set up stands at the event to increase awareness of the Armed Forces among Nottingham’s Muslim community.  He was overwhelmed with the response and, due to restrictions on the number of stands available, could only ask a handful of units to attend.  212 Field Hospital was one of the lucky units invited.

Many festival-goers were interested in the Armed Forces in general and in the opportunities provided in serving in a reserve field hospital.

Dr Musharraf spent much time talking to unit members and was particularly impressed by reservist Captain Nabeela Malik.  Captain Malik is a general surgeon at 212 Field Hospital, is a practising Muslim and is proud of both her faith and serving in the Army Reserve.

Muslim Hands’ charity members also attended the event, and were interested in learning more about the role of the field hospital on operations.  As a charity their work complements that of the Army on humanitarian operations.  They were keen to ask how medical reservists are trained and are able to use their skills in order to provide humanitarian relief in various parts of the world.  Captain Malik was able to describe her experiences of providing direct medical aid in Kenya, both as a doctor and as a Swahili speaker.

To learn more about 212 Field Hospital visit the Army website.