My aunt ran a Catholic group that took disabled children on pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. I joined her on one occasion. Of course I had been with her before, a few times, but those trips were holidays.
Not that I am a Catholic. I guess the holidays were the parents palming me off on a childless aunt.
I really enjoyed the support worker trip though. I even thought about becoming a carer for young people with disabilities.
I was working for Welsh Water and was getting restless. This was the first job that I applied for after moving to Wales and although comfortable, well paid and close to his home in Quakers Yard it was not my calling. And so my restless feet lead to a long walk whilst on unpaid leave, a ‘journey’ if you like, a wander to find myself…
This was an and of the news item on BBC’s prestigious Wales Today programme and went out at 6.50pm on the 28th January 1993.
After the most glorious course of bodywork – who wouldn’t want to go to college and get massaged each and every week? – I gained the quality and went own to set up my first self employed business, Andy’s Aromatherapy.
I left working for Welsh Water and hired a room in Brecon Town Centre and offered up my services.