That’s me, looking very impressive in full ceremonial uniform. If you passed by Buckingham Palace to watch the Trooping the Colour in the early 90s you might even have spotted me! I followed my dad into the army and became part of the Blues and Royals, the mounted regiment of the Household Cavalry.
I kept working with horses after I left the army. I moved to the USA and got a job transporting racehorses to the track. This then led me into trucking. I stayed on in America, gained a green card, had kids, bought a house, and ran a successful business. Then disaster struck - unexpected issues with my immigration papers set off a chain of events which led me to lose everything. I eventually landed back in the UK after 18 years away, with nothing but the clothes on my back.
Because of my service I was directed to Veterans Aid. Thanks to this fantastic organisation, I have a roof over my head and have been fully supported in my journey back to work. Now, together with Beam, they're helping me tackle the final step - getting the right UK driving licences. I have a 'never say never' attitude. I'm putting this part of my life down to experience and moving onto better things. With your help, I'll soon be on the road to success once more.Show More
Ryan is referred by one of Beam's charity associates, Veterans Aid
Ryan's campaign begins to fund
Ryan completes his theory and begins his practical driving lessons on lorries
Ryan completes his driver's certificate of professional competence
Ryan passes his practical driving tests for heavy goods vehicles
Ryan moves into full time work as a lorry driver
Too often homeless people are forced to lie out of sheer desperation. We think it's better when relationships are built on trust and honesty. Beam verifies each member in 4 ways:
1. Referral: every member of Beam is referred by a registered homelessness charity or local authority.
2. Interviews: before their campaign launches, each member is interviewed twice by a Beam Member Manager.
3. References: we take references on each member from the charity who refers them and someone in a position of responsibility.
4. Profile: we take great care to verify information in a member's story is true.
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We work hard to ensure that you can give confidently.
A caseworker or "Member Manager" is an employee of Beam who helps those referred to Beam to plan a crowdfunding campaign and supports them through training and into work.
All Member Managers are trained professionals who specialise in supporting vulnerable adults by focusing on their strengths and abilities.