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    A Man With Down Syndrome Couldn't Find Work So His Stepmother Turned To Twitter For Help

    In "people are actually great" news...

    On Friday night, Fiona Hodge, 46, from Kensington, Liverpool, posted this appeal on behalf of her stepson Ben Small, 26:

    Won't someone in the Liverpool area give my step son, Ben, who has Down's Syndrome a chance at a paid job? Motivated with NVQ 2 in catering

    Her tweets were retweeted hundreds of times. She received particular support at the outset from musician and comedian Boothby Graffoe.

    Ben motivated young man NVQ 2 catering He wants to work Needs a job in the Liverpool area #GiveBenAJob @FleaBagLady

    Fiona told the Daily Mail that Ben had worked for "big chains like McDonald's and Wetherspoons in the past", but had never managed to secure a full-time role. She told the paper: "He has a level two NVQ in catering and would love to be a baker – but in fairness he'd do any job."

    The campaign picked up more and more steam.

    #GiveBenAJob If he's worth employing, he's worth paying. @boobygraffoe

    Just catching up on #GiveBenAJob - somehow missed out on it. I will make it my business to go wherever he gets a chance

    Hope all you pubs, restaurants, eateries in Liverpool have taken a look at #GiveBenAJob @stuwystv

    Celebrities got involved, and Fiona's tweet began to blow up...

    ...and we can confirm things are definitely looking positive!

    Iain Watts / Mercury Press / Caters News

    Fiona told BuzzFeed News that there are currently "lots of possibilities": the most promising are "Wilson's Kitchen, a family business in Derby Lane, Costa in the Liverpool Royal Hospital and a school for autism in Huyton". She adds that "a few CVs were sent off" last night, too.

    His father, Mike, says he never expected Ben's appeal to garner so much attention.


    Ben Small with his father, Mike, and his mum, Doreen.

    He told the Daily Mail:

    He's shown in the past that he is capable of working but he hasn't had that opportunity to show it on a full-time basis where he can earn a living from it. The social media campaign is proving to be fantastic – I never in a million years thought it would get the coverage it has so far.

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