Muslims can get valuable advice about diabetes from local GPs ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.

The IMO Charity is joining forces with Dr Jane Eccles and Dr Safwan Hafez to host community education sessions on Monday, March 13, and Wednesday 17.

This year, Ramadan will run from March 22 or 23 for 29 or 30 days. The exact dates will be confirmed nearer the time, and Ramadan ends with Eid al-Fitr in April.

Muslims are required to fast during daylight hours for the whole month but there are exceptions for those who are unwell or have medical conditions, who are not expected to fast. This includes people with diabetes.

This event will be an opportunity for people with diabetes to get support and guidance to help them participate in Ramadan safely.

Diabetes Practitioner at IMO, Sophia Karolia, said: “Preparing for the holy month of Ramadan is something many Muslims will be thinking about now.

"We want to help those living with diabetes and their loved ones to understand some of the health issues they should consider if they want to fast during Ramadan.

“We are pleased to be working with British Islamic Medical Association, Hyndburn Central Primary Care Network, Bhaja Centre and Masjid Al Momineen to run the events so that people can access trusted advice and guidance so they make an informed choice that is best for them."

The Accrington event takes place on Monday, March 13, from 11am to 12pm at the Bhaja Initiative in Willows Lane, Accrington.

The Blackburn event is being held on Wednesday, March 17, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the Masjid-Al-Momineen in Ash Street, Blackburn.

You can find out more from Sophia Karolia on 07708 193520 / 01254 781310 or by e-mailing