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Celebrating Windrush 75

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75 years ago on 22 June 1948, HMT Windrush docked in Britain with passengers from the Caribbean answering the call to work in the UK with many joining the NHS.

Windrush Day in the UK is a commemorative event held each year to honour the contributions and experiences of the Windrush generation.

The Windrush generation refers to individuals who migrated to the UK from Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1971, in response to labour shortages after World War II.

Windrush Day aims to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the Windrush generation, promote a better understanding of their history, and foster inclusivity.

The significance of Windrush Day lies in recognising the immense contributions made by Caribbean migrants to various aspects of British society, such as healthcare, education, public services, culture, and the economy.

The name "Windrush" originates from the ship HMT Empire Windrush, which brought the first wave of Caribbean migrants to the UK in 1948.

Windrush Day holds significant importance for the NHS due to the substantial contributions made by the Windrush generation to the healthcare sector.

Many individuals from Caribbean countries who arrived in the UK as part of the Windrush generation went on to work in the NHS, fulfilling critical roles as doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, and support staff.

As part of our celebrations to mark Windrush 75 we asked some of our international nurses to share their personal journeys to joining us here at #TeamCDDFT.

Kristine Jan Laguna

Kristine Jan Laguna my story


Maya Chandini

Maya Chandini my story


Manju Bini

Manju Binu my story


Chithira Sreenivasan

Chithira Screenivasan my story

'I am writing to congratulate you on your wonderful staff you have working for you at DMH.'

Patient, Catering / Porters / Domestics, Darlington Memorial Hospital