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Marilyn

Marilyn's progress

£1,262
raised
£2,977
target
67
supporters
40
days to go
Help Marilyn become a taxi driver

Marilyn's story

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's action plan

Oct 2017

Marilyn is referred by Single Homeless Project, one of Beam's partners

Oct 2017

Marilyn's campaign begins to fund

Nov 2017

Marilyn's campaign fully funds

Nov 2017

Marilyn submits her application for a 3 year PCO licence

Dec 2017

Marilyn gains her 3 year PCO licence and is now legally able to work as a taxi driver in London

Jan 2018

Marilyn begins work in a position already secured for her with a leading London taxi provider

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Area
N London
Heart
Likes
Yoga, Food
Briefcase
Dream Job
Social business owner
Secret power
Secret Power
Singing

Budget

Car rental and insurance for first 8 weeks
£1,940
Public Carriage Office (PCO) 3 year licence
£310
Pass plus driving safety course
£165
Medical assessment for PCO licence
£100
Deposit on car
£100
Equipment rental for first 8 weeks
£56
Topographical test for PCO licence
£50
Contingency*
£256
Total
£2,977
* A contingency of 10% is added to cover unforeseen costs. All unused contingencies are used to fund other members' campaigns.

Qualification

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Transport for London or "TfL" is the integrated transport authority responsible for delivering the Mayor of London's strategy and commitments on transport.

Transport for London runs the day-to-day operation of the capital's public transport network, manage London's main roads and license London's taxi and private hire drivers and vehicles.

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Marilyn's progress

£1,262
raised
£2,977
target
67
supporters
40
days to go
Help Marilyn become a taxi driver