Amar was born in Punjab, Northern India in November 1956 and came to England with her family at the age of 12. Her family initially settled in Birmingham, where she attended school and then later moved to Warwick. Amar’s father worked as an electronics engineer at the old Central Hospital in that area for 31 years. Her mother, who joined the family in England later, worked as a catering assistant in the same hospital until she retired. Amar and her family lived in the grounds of the hospital and her interest in nursing was formed whilst living there. She undertook her nursing training and worked as a staff nurse in the alcohol and substance abuse unit at Central Hospital for eight years. In 1993, she then found work in psychiatric nursing in Coventry, a role which also involved development work for Asian elders not accessing mental health services for language and cultural reasons. She was eventually promoted to Team Leader, the role she currently holds.
I didn’t know what to expect, I’m not sure whether I was excited about the journey over. I remember the day exactly - it was 6 April 1969 and in fact I remember the time as well, 7 o’clock in the morning! It was a cold crisp morning and the sun was shining bright and that was quite a life-changing moment.