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  • Hare Hatch Sheeplands offers disabled student work experience

    A disabled teenager has been given work by Hare Hatch Sheeplands after other companies turned him down over his lack of mobility.

    Ed Parkin, 18, suffers from a muscular condition which means he has to use a wheelchair.

    He is currently studying for a level three BTEC in business studies at Reading College. He’s reached the stage of the course where he has to gain work experience.
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    He struggled to find work and says many of the companies he approached were unable to accommodate him.
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    Now Hare Hatch Sheeplands has invited Ed to work in the office.
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    Ed said: ?I am going to be learning all aspects of running a business. It means when I do go out and seek full-time employment after passing my exams, I can show that I do have the experience.
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    ?After a few rejections, I am very grateful for the opportunity.?
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    Speaking about his condition, Ed said: ?I woke up one morning and realised that I had become paralysed. It was traumatic at the time.
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    ?Now I have to go to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital for specialist treatment.
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    ?I was introduced to Sheeplands by Nick Barnett, who is one of their consultants.
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    Sheeplands manager Andrea Burlingham said: ?We are very happy to give Ed the chance to gain experience. We wish him every success.?

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