I've had a rough time for fifteen years now. Whilst working as a healthcare assistant my beloved mother got the terrible diagnosis of Alzheimer's and my father suffered a stroke. I cared for both of them until sadly my mother passed and my father three years later.
After my parents died lots of old emotions came flooding back with the grief; memories of old relationships gone bad, domestic violence. My drinking spiralled and I began abusing prescription drugs. Eventually I became so depressed they admitted me to hospital for a fortnight. Here I became abstinent and I've remained so since. After discharge I underwent a long period of therapy which has left me feeling more confident and ready to think about my future.
Now I'm in a better place my mind returned to an idea I'd had whilst caring for my wheelchair-bound dad. What if there was a quick and easy taxi company for those with disabilities? Getting my PCO licence will allow me to go into work at a major taxi firm. From here, I plan to start saving so I can launch my own social business and give back to a society that's provided me with a second go at things...at an age when most people retire!
(Beam: Marilyn is on Beam because she is at risk of homelessness)
Marilyn is referred by Single Homeless Project, one of Beam's partners
Marilyn's campaign begins to fund
Marilyn's campaign fully funds
Marilyn submits her application for a 3 year PCO licence
Marilyn gains her 3 year PCO licence and is now legally able to work as a taxi driver in London
Marilyn begins work in a position already secured for her with a leading London taxi provider
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