Voon Cheng Chan

Voon was born on 9 August 1955 in Malaysia. She came to the UK in 1974, both to begin her nursing training, and because she wanted to leave Malaysia and go abroad. She had responded to an advert in Woman’s Weekly magazine looking for people interested in training for the nursing profession. Aged 17, she filled in the form in the magazine, sent it off and waited for a response. It took a year from her original application until the moment she was able to travel to the UK. She conducted her training in Barking and Havering at Old Church Hospital in Romford. She then decided to train as a midwife and applied for and accepted a post at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex where she continues to work.

A lifetime in England

I was probably 17, 18. My sister had got Women's Weekly magazine, and in it was a little advert about interest in nursing. So I filled it in and sent it off and just waited. I know the whole process took a year because I was anxious to go. I wanted to go abroad. I just wanted to go and travel. At that time, it seemed to be part of your life. It takes that long - you wait for a reply from England. Now I see babies that are born here, the babies that I delivered, are coming back to have their own babies! I think it's fascinating, to see that in your lifetime.

Voon Cheng Chan

Malaysia