ALMOST THERE!

Manzell

TARGET CAREER: DIGGER OPERATOR
Caseworker:
Anna

Progress

83%
£1,867
raised
£2,242
target
454
supporters
Fund Manzell to become a digger operator

Story
News 2

I had a moment where I thought to myself, I can either get myself sorted out or I am going to end up back in prison. This was the turning point for me. I knew that I wanted to be there for my kids growing up. For that, I needed steady work and a stable home. I almost can’t believe that this campaign is really happening. I've been hoping for a chance like this for so long.

I haven't had a place of my own for nearly 10 years. When I was younger I made some bad decisions and was arrested for drug offences. I came out of prison in 2009 determined to start over but was shocked to find that I had still been charged for rent whilst inside. I was in thousands of pounds of debt. Since then, I’ve picked up as much work as possible on construction sites to make my repayments. But with a labourer’s wage, it is impossible to pay rent at the same time. I spent a few years sofa-surfing before being given a room in a hostel.

I'm thankful for the accommodation I have but I would love to move to a more permanent home. With this training, I can find better paid work, start paying my own rent, and be back on my own two feet at last. I can’t wait to have some money to spend on my children and to take my mum out for dinner. It will be great to be able to thank her for all the support she's given me.

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  • Journey

    July 2018

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

    Oct 2018

    Manzell's campaign begins to fund

    Dec 2018

    Manzell begins his digger operator training

    Dec 2018

    Manzell gains his digger operator licence

    Jan 2019

    Manzell finds full-time work as a digger operator

    Budget
    Qualification

    Digger Operator Training
    £1,920
    Travel to course
    £92
    Health & Safety Test
    £30
    Contingency*
    £200
    Total
    £2,242
    * Each campaign raises approximately 10% extra towards a pooled contingency fund used to cover any extra costs involved in a member's journey.

    Progress

    83%
    £1,867
    raised
    £2,242
    target
    454
    supporters
    Fund Manzell to become a digger operator

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