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.
"You've changed my life, without a question"
It's exciting to have launched my second campaign! It means a lot to me - this qualification is going to change my life. I can look forward to freedom and getting on with my life. It feels proactive. Thank you to everyone who has and will support me.
I'll be releasing a video to let you know how it is going...! 🎉
Terry is referred by Kairos, one of Beam's partners
Terry's first Beam campaign fully funds
Terry completes his Level 2 Plumbing diploma
Terry completes his gas safety training
Terry submits his portfolio of boiler repair work
Terry sits ACS (Accredited Certification Scheme) test to get on the gas register
Terry completes his 'boiler fault finding' course
Terry begins full-time work as a gas safety engineer
This Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas businesses who are registered to work safely and legally on boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas appliances. By law all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. The Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in 2009.
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