Why I am socially driven…
My name is Bruce Gunn, I run DNDP C.I.C a courier & mail delivery service that was set up to break down he many barriers that prevent people with disabilities from working. The freedom to work flexibly helps DNDP people improve their day to day life.
During a family holiday to Minorca August 2008; I was bitten by mosquitoes, as many of us are!
Unfortunately, I had an allergic reaction and was rushed into a local hospital.
Three weeks later I collapsed at home, was rushed into hospital, where it was discovered I had a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung)
I was one of the lucky ones and survived. However, I was finding it very difficult to walk & started on the merry go round of hospital visits and blood tests.
The biggest problem was the constant pains in my legs and hips, the pain was there 24/7, it didn’t matter if I was sitting, lying down or standing! As soon as I awoke in the morning and got out of bed, the pain would start in my calves and pretty soon; I couldn’t walk at all, the constant cramp in my legs was at sometimes unbearable.
I have to admit; it was all getting me down and I was feeling very depressed. My savings were quickly running out, I couldn’t see anything positive on the horizon. I was pretty much housebound!
I had been employed all my life. 25 years working in the I.T industry; I tried to go back to work but the constant pains in my legs prevented me from continuing.
I knew nothing of the benefits system because I had never been sick or unemployed. It was there that I first encountered the “work capability assessment” provided by ATOS healthcare.
It was during this dark time that I first contemplated suicide! I thought my life was over. I couldn’t do the things I enjoyed; dancing, badminton, swimming, and walking. I was tired of explaining why I could no longer do things. Even flying a kite with my 7 year old daughter was too painful. I felt I was worth more dead than alive.
My doctors finally discovered what was wrong with me in February 2011. An occluded iliac artery was preventing blood flowing to the lower half of my body. With the right balance of medications, painkillers, a course of cognitive behavioural therapy and a different outlook in life; Things started to get better. I started to think about the future again, the things that I COULD do.
At last things were brighter so I started to think about employment and went on a few interviews. Because I was technically disabled; it was easy to get interviews, disabled people were guaranteed an interview! However, when you cannot commit to 20, 30 or 40 hours per week, or have an inoperable condition. The interview doesn’t go much further. It was then that I started to research this problem. I spoke to other disabled/ long term ill people and the story was the same across the board. Rejection on interview after interview was ‘soul destroying’.
I started to think; what do I have available, what can I make use of?
My disability living allowance meant I could still have a car; I already had a mobile phone and a laptop computer. The one thing I had in abundance was time.
I woke up on the 31st May 2012 with an idea for a courier service. It took a lot of research and planning before I came up with the business plan that identified a growing a growing market. Everybody shops online and gets things delivered, why not get them delivered by a company that has a social responsibility at its heart.
My initial idea has really taken off & we have developed our community postman/woman jobs. Next is our Digital Network for Disabled People (still DNDP) where we will be hosting a digital agency & facilitating the talents of disabled people throughout the world. Equal opportunities for all!
So we are the company that has; socially driven services for socially driven people.
So let us all now focus on what we CAN do! Life is a whole lot better, not just for me but, for all connected with DNDP C.I.C
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