Buxton cancer survivor desperate for work offered job trial

Ben Hinchcliffe, left, is deserate for a job  and is being helped by Paul Bohan, right
Ben Hinchcliffe, left, is deserate for a job and is being helped by Paul Bohan, right

A cancer survivor who was desperately searching for employment has been offered a fresh start and a job trial.

Ben Hinchcliffe survived Leukaemia when he was just four-years-old and most recently had bowel cancer four years ago but found it difficult to get back into work because of the gaps on his CV.

In July he contacted The Advertiser and told his story, now just weeks later JW Corporate - based in Bradwell has taken a chance on him.

Ben, 36, said: “This is the start of my next chapter, I can put my illness behind me and finally move forward with my life.

“I’m really surprised but over the moon someone saw the article and thought ‘we would like to meet him’.

“I have gaps in my work history as I couldn’t work during my treatment then the gaps got bigger and it became harder to find someone willing to see past that.”

Ben, who is now in remission was off work for a long time due to his chemotherapy and then being fitted with a stoma bag for his twisted bowel will be initially doing just a work-trail to see how he gets on with the possibility of him staying on after that.

Ben, who moved to Buxton in 2017 to be closer to his mum during his treatment, had been on the Zink Employability Programme since October 2017 which is run through the High Peak Foodbank .

Having impressed staff so much he was promoted to shift supervisor and wanted to go to college in September to do an apprenticeship in business administration.

The course requires students to be working 30 hours in the workplace with seven hours of teaching a week for one year.

Ben said: “I wanted to work in a job where I was giving back to the community and I think if my trial is successful I can see my self being very happy there as they train people and help them to become better people.

“I need to thank both Blythe House Hospice and the Foodbank for believing in me.”