Recovering alcoholic, Neil Parker, 48, from Bournemouth has just celebrated 20 months of being sober after leaving a rehabilitation centre.
The reason for his life changing success? The Samaritans charity shop.
Neil Parker works daily in the Samaritans Charity store for free after turning his life around as a volunteer after leaving an alcohol rehabilitation centre. Not only is this his only job but it has aided his recovery and helped him see life in a different perspective.
It gives me a reason to get up in the morning.
Since last October, Neil has gone from strength to strength. After 20 months of volunteering has just recently been promoted to assistant manager – a stark contrast from the man who lay unconscious in hospital because of alcohol abuse just two years before.
Neil has gone from being trapped in a room into having a rewarding and enjoyable job.
My daughter was taken into the quiet room twice and told her father wasn’t going to make it through the night…
when your not getting paid for something its more rewarding – you’re investing time into something you enjoy doing.
Neil’s story is an example of why the Samaritans charity shop in Bournemouth needs all the local support it can get. The store brings people together who would otherwise would be both alone and vulnerable. Neil cannot thank manager Beth enough for giving him a chance when many wouldn’t even give him the time of day. The charity shop changes lives and has an active role in helping the helpless in Bournemouth, often giving away clothing to homeless people who come to shelter from the rain.
Neil’s story is an example of what strength can achieve, and how ordinary people in Bournemouth can battle through anything.