Martin has his hopes set on winning as he takes part in the British Transplant Games after receiving support from Remploy to get back to work.
Martin McCluskey, 52, from Loughborough, will be taking part in snooker, 10-pin bowling and five-a-side football at the Games, which are being held in Gateshead from 30 July to 2 August.
“I’m really looking forward to showing what I can do and how far I have come in a relatively short time,” said Martin who developed polycystic kidney disease in 2009. About half of people with the inherited condition, which causes cysts to develop in the kidneys, suffer kidney failure and require dialysis or a kidney transplant.
“My dad died from the disease and my sister and two brothers both needed transplants,” added Martin, who spent up to 12 hours a day on dialysis before receiving a new kidney in September 2011.
After a lengthy period of recuperation following the operation, Martin was referred to Remploy’s Leicester branch for tailored support with job searching, including interview techniques and advice on creating a stand-out CV.
The support paid off when he successfully applied for a job as a warehouse operative at Marks & Spencer’s busy distribution centre in Castle Donington.
“It’s fantastic having a job again,” said Martin. “Remploy were fantastic in helping to rebuild my confidence and finding a job that is right for me. I can’t thank them enough for all they have done.
“I’m now counting down the days to the Transplant Games, which will be another major milestone for me. I’ve been given a second chance of life and I fully intend to make the most of it.”
Grant Allen, a Remploy employment advisor who helped Martin make the transition from long-term unemployment to work at M&S, described him as an “an inspiration”.
“I’m so pleased for him. He really deserves his success. I’m sure if he shows the same dedication at the Transplant Games in the summer as he did in getting back to work, he will come away with some medals.”
More than 120 disabled and disadvantaged people have been supported into work at the Castle Donington distribution centre by Remploy, which is M&S’s official disability partner.
Picture caption: Martin McCluskey
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Notes to Editors:
- Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-servicemen and miners.
- Since 2010, Remploy has found almost 100,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.
- Remploy works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, BT, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS
- Remploy has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
- It invests in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service
- In July 2014 the Department for Work and Pensions launched a commercial process under which Remploy Employment Services would leave government ownership by March 2015
- On 12 March 2015, Remploy entered into a joint venture with MAXIMUS, a leading operator of government health and human services programmes in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia
- The joint venture will help develop Remploy to its full potential, enabling it to support many more disabled people into work
- Remploy formally left government ownership on 7 April 2015