As a child Carl lived in Abercromby Square before being privately educated in boarding school at Bluecoat Chambers in Central Liverpool. Carl’s family wanted him to study law and become a barrister; however Carl had other plans. He fulfilled his own wish to become a Master of the Arts and his work took him all over the world decorating buildings from lavish palaces to the modest of mansions. Carl also loves to listen to classical music and watch classical ballet and performances.
Carl travelled for almost 30 years including Singapore, Thailand, Belgium, Holland and Australia. He opened a business in Russia but, sadly, lost most of his fortune. Carl then went to Holland but the bank collapse swallowed what money Carl had left. He then returned to his home town homeless and destitute.
‘I felt lost and ashamed, depression kicked in and tears fell most of the time. I then began to drink heavily which quickly developed into an addiction.’
With help from a friend that Carl had been visiting during the day, Carl found accommodation supported by a housing officer, however Carl recalls ‘merely surviving, not living’ during this time.
‘My housing officer referred me to The Whitechapel Centre. Andy came to see me and from there on my life evolved; I began to live again. Andy referred me to Maureen Doyle (welfare advice) who maximised my income. The Whitechapel Centre helped me to get furniture and I was also referred to social services and occupational therapy which helped me to be able to maintain my home. Andy also referred me to a detox centre where I addressed my issues with alcohol.
Please just realise how devastating it is to lose everything; it can and does happen to anyone. Don’t disregard a person’s identity due to their current destitution; it only makes the destitute feel much worse than they already do.’