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SECOND CAMPAIGN!

Terry
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TARGET CAREER: GAS SAFETY ENGINEER

Progress

78%
£3,840
raised
£4,885
target
456
supporters
Help Terry become a gas safety engineer

Story
News 2

I grew up in the small Scottish city of Inverness. At 19 a friend asked ‘do you want to be stuck in Inverness, doing the same thing day in, day out or do you want to see the world?’ I realised they were right, I didn’t want to get stuck, and consequently signed up to the army. I spent time in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Belize, and Germany, working as an army mechanic which sometimes meant being part of the bomb disposal team. I know it sounds odd but I loved the rush of it! After many years in service, I realised I wanted more freedom than the army allowed and left.

After leaving, I ran a small business selling ornamental boxes at different London markets. It proved a popular idea and others began manufacturing the same product abroad and selling them for less. In the end, I went out of business. I became depressed, started drinking heavily, and with nowhere else to go ended up living in an attic with no windows or access to basic facilities.

Thankfully, a veteran’s charity agreed to fund a rehab placement for me. I’m currently still living in supported housing having been free from alcohol for over a year now. Veteran’s Aid will help me move into my own place but I don’t want to do this until I’m in work - otherwise I’d worry about being able to pay the rent or getting bored.

Boiler repair is something I’ve fancied doing for years. I know from previous roles I’m good at problem solving and working with my hands. Military charities will fund some of the qualification costs needed but I need your help in taking the first step to get there.

This is Terry's second Beam campaign. His first campaign launched in December 2017 and raised £5,490 from 354 supporters.

Supporter Messages

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    Carly
    £10.00
    Stay determined. You are well on your way
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    Peter
    £200.00
    There is such a thing as the Scotia Nostra. Thanks for your service.
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    Janet
    £10.00
    I wish only good things for you Terry. Thank you for your service to our country.
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    Lou
    £20.00
    You are doing brilliantly - here's to the next phase...
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    Kathleen
    £50.00
    Good luck Terry!!
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    Judy
    £10.00
    Well done and good luck
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    Dianne
    £5.00
    Hi Terry. Well done, keep going you are amazing. Have a great life. D x
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    Ruth
    £50.00
    Keep going! I was delighted to support you in your first round and will keep doing so until you’re fully qualified!
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Journey

Nov 2017

Terry is referred by Kairos, one of Beam's partners

Dec 2017

Terry's first Beam campaign fully funds

Mar 2018

Terry completes his Level 2 Plumbing diploma

May 2018

Terry completes his gas safety training

Oct 2018

Terry submits his portfolio of boiler repair work

Dec 2018

Terry sits ACS (Accredited Certification Scheme) test to get on the gas register

Jan 2019

Terry completes his 'boiler fault finding' course

Feb 2019

Terry begins full-time work as a gas safety engineer

Budget
Qualification

Gas safety portfolio completion placement
£2,000
ACS exam
£850
Gas analyser kit
£800
Toolkit
£400
Boiler 'fault finding' course
£395
Contingency*
£440
Total
£4,885
* Each campaign raises approximately 10% extra towards a pooled contingency fund used to cover any extra costs involved in a member's journey.

Progress

78%
£3,840
raised
£4,885
target
456
supporters
Help Terry become a gas safety engineer

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