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

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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


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.

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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