Sheraz Shahid, known as Raz, credits the Round Table for ‘saving’ him. He grew up in Pakistan and the Middle East, lived in London for a few years, then settled in Lancashire.
The father-of-four struggled to make friends in his new hometown and found his life had become a cycle of high-pressured work then time at home – without a social outlet.
His wife, concerned about his increasing weight gain and depression, contacted the Round Table to get him signed-up.
Raz, who had experienced racism in the past and was self-conscious about his accent, said: “I was welcomed with open arms and is one of the best things I’ve ever done. The only thing I regret is not joining sooner.”