Cerebral Palsy sufferer Will, 19, enjoying work experience at Exmouth superstore

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 June 2017

Wiil Parry on his work experience placement at Tesco with grocery manager Adam Start. Ref exe 23 17TI 4310. Picture: Terry Ife

Wiil Parry on his work experience placement at Tesco with grocery manager Adam Start. Ref exe 23 17TI 4310. Picture: Terry Ife

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A teenager with cerebral palsy is hoping a work experience placement in Exmouth can help him find a permanent job in the future.

Will Parry, 19, has been taking part in a weekly work placement at Tesco, in Salterton Road, for the last month.

Will, accompanied by his enabler Susan Bushall, goes into the store every Thursday, working in the grocery section from 11am to 2.30pm. During that time he helps re-stock and tidy shelves and break down boxes once produce has been put out on the shop floor.

Will said he has ‘very much’ enjoyed his placement so far and particularly likes ‘destroying’ the empty cardboard boxes.

Will suffers with visual impairment and has been boarding at WESC Foundation – a specialist centre for visual impairment in Exeter.

Prior to his time at Tesco, he had already completed several other work experience placements, including one at Exeter City FC.

Will, a self-confessed ‘huge football fan’, spent time at the club checking fans’ security tags as they came through the turnstiles.

Linda Stafford, work experience coordinator at WESC, said: “He is an excellent example of what can be achieved with a positive attitude and determination.

“Upon leaving WESC, Will hopes to remain in Exeter, living independently in one of the supported houses provided by WESC, and hopefully in paid employment with the work experience he has gained previously and at Tesco.”

This placement has been organised by Whizz-kidz, a charity which helps provide wheelchairs for children that require them.

Kate Doherty, work placement coordinator at Whizz-Kidz, said: “Access to the world of work is an important milestone for any young person, but for a disabled person this can make an enormous difference to their sense of self.

“We’re delighted to have been able to offer this opportunity to Will, and we’re very grateful to Tesco for their continued support of disabled young people.

“Our work placements scheme is designed to help young disabled people get their first taste of the world of work.”

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