In 2007, I was made redundant from my former employer who I had been with for 23 years. I was struggling to find work in my local area, as winter was coming up, work was scarce. I was asked if I wanted a couple of days a week driving for Southern Lubricants to which I accepted. Not long after I had begun driving for them, I was asked if I would like to join the company on a full time basis. This was great for me as it meant a regular income again!
Unfortunately, in September 2021, I had a car accident whilst travelling to work. I suffered a broken and crushed vertebrae. This kept me off work for 5 long months. I knew from then on things were going to be different for me in terms of my capabilities. In fact, I felt terrified as I could no longer do what I was employed to do. Would there be a job for me to go back to?
Southern Lubricants stepped up and found me a different position within the company as a ‘Coolant Technician’. I now test coolants within different businesses to check bacteria levels. This is a job I am really beginning to enjoy, not only because it is a job that I can perform within my new limits, but also it is very interesting to see what firms do inside as appose to only seeing the company from a goods in perspective.
“Although I have really enjoyed my time delivering to firms across the South West and meeting different people doing different jobs, I have not looked back!”
“I am so grateful to the Directors of Southern Lubricants for giving me this opportunity to carry on with the company. Hopefully, I can repay them by making this role a success! I also want to thank our Business Managers Martin Smith and Ken Morris for helping me settle into this role and sharing their expertise. I look forward to meeting lots of new companies in the future!”