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Bradford Apprentice contest Shama Amin quits show

The Apprentice contestant from Bradford has quit the show due to health reasons.

The Apprentice candidate from Bradford, Shama Amin, has left the show due to health reasons.

The businesswoman’s exit is due to be addressed in Thursday’s episode, where she tells Lord Alan Sugar that she will be leaving the competition due to her rheumatoid arthritis.

Shama Amin has quit the show due to health reasons. Image: BBC Radio Leeds

In the upcoming episode, the entrepreneur tells the business mogul: “I would just like to say something, Lord Sugar if that’s OK. I suffer from a condition called rheumatoid arthritis.

“Because of medical reasons, due to this process being so physically demanding, despite the efforts the whole team has made to support me, I’ve had to make a difficult decision to leave the process.”

According to the NHS, rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. The condition usually affects the hands, feet and wrists.

There also may be periods where symptoms become worse, known as flare-ups or flares.

A flare can be difficult to predict, but with treatment, it’s possible to decrease the number of flares and minimise or prevent long-term damage to the joints.

Ms Amin’s leaving means that 13 candidates remain in the running to become Lord Sugar’s next business partner.

The owner of a children’s day nursery, The Little Academy Day Nursery located on Manchester Road, Ms Amin has been in the winning team for both tasks she participated in on the TV show.

In 2012, Ms Amin was a finalist for the Inspirational Women Foundation’s Mum of the Year award, founded by RF Media & Publishing’s managing director, Fatima Patel, and was also featured as one of BBC Radio Leeds finalists to become the ‘Voice of Bradford’ back in 2017.

Before her appearance on the show, she said: “Being a lady of colour, wearing a headscarf as well, and the challenges that we face on a daily basis, I just want to be a living example for the Asian women and South Asian women out there.”

The Apprentice airs Thursdays at 9pm on BBC One.

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