The angel at the Sanctuary
Angela Burnett has a real love of life and people, especially people in need. But don't make assumptions. Claire McKenna finds out that she is not a saintly, haloed, martyr-type figure
When you think of the word “sanctuary,” what springs to mind? Possibly hordes of people crowding into a church crying “sanctuary” as they flee medieval marauders, or a haven for rest and repose. But it is also the name of a new primary care practice recently opened in the London Borough of Hackney, which caters exclusively for refugees and asylum seekers. Angela Burnett is lead general practitioner at this practice.
Before you start feeling faint at the thought of another eulogy about a saintly haloed figure, brimming over with pious enthusiasm--think again. Angela herself is insistent that she is not a martyr figure. She says; “I don't run about doing good all the time. I'm quite pragmatic about the work I do. I find it really, really enjoyable and I do it because I enjoy it.”
However despite Angela's protestations, this gregarious woman leads a hugely varied life and is