Krish Goodary

Krish was born on 18 May 1954 in Mauritius. He was a teenager at the time when Mauritius gained independence from the UK, and following a good set of school examination results, found it difficult to find work. He then began to consider, along with many of his peers, taking up the offer to study and complete nursing training in England. He came to the UK in 1975 to complete a two-year pupil (state enrolled) nurse course, intending to return immediately afterwards, but then stayed on to study for a registered nurse qualification. He found it difficult to progress to this next stage of qualification, however, and had to take a course in learning disabilities, rather than general nursing. Following some training on a ward with individuals presenting with behavioural difficulties, he applied for a Charge Nurse post in Widnes. He then worked as a Care Co-ordinator in Liverpool where he remained until his retirement in March 2011.

First impressions

I landed at Heathrow Airport on a cold, dark, grey, misty morning and I thought to myself, what am I doing here? I had mixed feelings. On the one hand I was excited − it's an adventure for me, but then I was also very homesick, missing my parents. A friend of mine who was already here, came to pick me up from the airport. So we drove to Stourbridge in the afternoon. I was excited by the illuminated streets lights, especially driving past Birmingham − I thought Birmingham at night was beautiful. Then the next day when I woke up in the morning and looked out of the window, I had a very sad feeling, I was unsure whether the sadness was because I was missing my parents or the sadness was because it was ten o'clock in the morning and there was no sun!

Krish Goodary