Worthing man is smiling now he can volunteer

Sam Doe at Worthing Shopmobility. W26129P11.
Sam Doe at Worthing Shopmobility. W26129P11.
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A YOUNG man who was told he could not volunteer for a charity shop has moved one step closer to securing a job, thanks to the Worthing Herald.

Sam Doe appeared in the Herald after he was told he could not help the British Heart Foundation’s shop, in Chapel Road, because he was unable to read the shop’s health and safety instructions.

But now Sam, 20, is celebrating good news after three charities – Worthing Shopmobility, in Liverpool Gardens, Worthing Society for the Blind, in Rowlands Road, and Worthing-based Kids in Kenya – contacted the Herald to offer him volunteering experience.

Since Monday, June 27, he has been volunteering at Worthing Shopmobility, which contacted him first.

Sam, of Cotswold Road, said: “My first day was brilliant.

“I’ve been helping customers to find the right mobility scooter, and the people here have been really friendly.

“I want to get a paid job, but this is a good start.”

Marian Court, manager of Worthing and Bognor Shopmobility, described Sam as “very promising” and said it was not necessary for him to read in order to volunteer with them.

She added: “We saw the article in the Worthing Herald last week, and for someone who wanted to volunteer we thought he deserved a chance.”

Sam’s mother, Betsy Healey, said she was pleased Sam was moving closer to his aim of finding paid employment, and moving past his negative experiences.

The 54-year-old added: “I’m pleased because he really wants a job.

“He goes to college to learn reading and writing, so it’s not like he’s not trying.”