100 Lives – Tony’s Story

Joanna Jacobson Case Studies, Disability, Getting you back to work, Jobs, Military

Tony, a former soldier was helped back into work by The Poppy Factory after a heart transplant. Tony who served in the Gloucestershire Regiment for five years, sought help from The Poppy Factory following the life-saving surgery in 2016. After being unemployed for 12 years he is now enjoying a new career at regional property management firm Spectrum Property Care.

  “I knew I wanted to work again after my heart transplant and four days after my operation I was surfing social media when The Poppy Factory came up, so I made contact.

“My employability consultant, Farrah, helped me with my confidence, skills, job searching and most importantly my CV, and now I’m back at work. I may have lost 12 years of my life, but now I’m mended and taking each day at a time, and I feel on top of the world.”

Farrah said:

“When I first met Tony, he was very low in confidence, had been out of work for 12 years and had just recovered from major surgery. To see him turn his life around, when he thought he wouldn’t, has been really rewarding.”

Tony’s manager, Tom, said:

“Tony has been fantastic. He’s full of enthusiasm, his personality is brilliant, his work ethic is great and he’s a real asset to the company. I think The Poppy Factory is a brilliant service.”

Watch a film about Tony’story back to work.