It’s been years since I have had a proper home. Years of sleeping on the streets, in winter shelters, or a few nights in a hostel when I can get together the cash. It’s not been a good situation. Still, I don’t feel any sadness. Do you know what I tell people? That I have a candle of hope and I’ve never let it go out. I know that with this training, I will be able to leave homelessness behind for good.
I was a window cleaner in Spain for a long time but after the economic crisis the business collapsed. I ran out of money, lost my flat and sold my car. All I wanted was to work - but with unemployment so high it was impossible to find a job in Spain. Two years ago I ended up in Dover without even enough money for a train ticket. I struggled to find permanent work suitable for my experience and abilities. Without an address, this was really tough. Yet I was determined that here I could turn things around.
I was referred to Beam and we discovered I had a skill that’s in high demand - an HGV licence to drive lorries. I just need to update my training and get some recent experience behind the wheel. With a couple of refresher courses, I can get back on the road. A steady job will change everything for me. With your support, the hope that I have carried for so long can finally become my reality.
I've now raised enough money to book my refresher driver training - after that I can start looking for work! 🚚🎉
I wish all my supporters good health and good luck and I thank you all very much for this help. For me this is a great support in turning my life around, and giving me the best chance that my hopes will became a reality.
I feel very very happy! Thank you to you all. I am happy to be with you and set my campaign live.
Abderrahim is referred by one of Beam's charity partners, the West London Mission
Abderrahim's campaign begins to fund
Abderrahim's campaign fully funds
Abderrahim completes his refresher course in HGV training and updates his driver certificate of professional competence
Abderrahim is registered with a driving employment agency and begins work as a lorry driver
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is the organisation of the UK government responsible for maintaining a database of drivers and the issuing of licences in Great Britain.
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