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William
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TARGET CAREER: HANDYMAN

Progress

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£3,702
raised
£3,702
target
210
supporters
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Story
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I've spent most of my career in retail. Aged 16, I started work at one of the first McDonalds stores in the UK and rose to become Area Manager before being hired by Woolworth's. I spent 20 years there, where my specialism was sorting out underperforming stores where theft was common. I loved Woolworth's and developing my team. Then one day, my son told me that Woolworth's was on the TV. The company had gone into administration. I had to make my whole team redundant and I too lost my job.

Unfortunately, that was the start of a downward spiral. Soon after, I found out that my dad had terminal cancer and moved into his flat to look after him. After he passed, my drinking and depression got out of control. One day, my mum asked me to leave. I don't blame her but thank God our relationship is back on track.

I hit rock bottom in a hostel but I didn't want my life to end this way. I felt I did not deserve any love but one night, I prayed. That was 4 months ago, and since then I haven't touched a drop. After specialist treatment, I’m now in an alcohol-free hostel for recovering alcoholics. All this feels odd to me. Most of my life has been "normal" and I can’t wait to get back to the "real" world.

I’ve always enjoyed DIY. I've successfully completed a decorating course at a charity and done tiling and other odd jobs for my Mum. After I get my qualification, I want to help others by practically fixing problems in their lives and offering a great service, ideally at a housing association or other communal organisation. I feel this is the best way I can help to give back to others after receiving help from so many during the toughest period of my life.

Supporter Messages

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    Ian
    £16.50
    Hope this tips you over into fully funded William! Best of luck on your course and new path.
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    Jeremy
    £27.50
    William it was an absolute privilege to hear your story at the Hilary Stent Awards and I wish you the very best as you get your life back on track.
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    Avril
    £27.50
    Good luck, William - I'm sure you can do it.
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    Valeria
    £50.00
    All the best for your new job, William!And Merry Christmas! Glen and Valeria
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    Fernanda
    £11.00
    Good luck, mate
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    Laura
    £11.00
    Good luck William, I'm sure your Dad would be very proud of you.
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    Ian
    £16.50
    Good luck mate!!
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    Veronique
    £11.00
    Congratulation for your progress, I wish you all the best and hope you can achieve what you are working towards and beyond. Merry Christmas
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Journey

Sept 2017

William is referred by Thames Reach, one of Beam's partners

Oct 2017

William's campaign begins to fund

Nov 2017

William's campaign fully funds

Jan 2018

William begins his multi-skills handyman diploma

Jan 2018

William completes his plumbing course.

Mar 2018

William completes his tiling course

July 2018

William completes his carpentry course

Aug 2018

William gains his full multi-skills diploma providing a crucial qualification in becoming a handyman and begins work

Budget
Qualification

City and Guilds multi-skills diploma
£2,500
Travel
£465
Tools
£400
Contingency*
£337
Total
£3,702
* Each campaign raises approximately 10% extra towards a pooled contingency fund used to cover any extra costs involved in a member's journey.

Progress

100%
£3,702
raised
£3,702
target
210
supporters
Send a Message to William

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