RecruiterWEB founder was diagnosed with Complex PTSD following a childhood drowning experience at 5 years old. Darren spent a few uncomfortable years around water until he learned to swim at 16. Yes it took 11 years to get comfortable enough with water but with perseverance, it was mastered.
To compound what was already a disaster 4 short years later (1977) Darren’s father was killed in a motor vehicle accident. The accident came about as his father had been sold an unroadworthy car, as a result of the accident his family was thrown into poverty. But the generosity of his local community and his industrious nature meant he always found a way to get money for his mum to help with the load. The PTSD got locked away at this point, as Darren had cars to wash, boats to paint and money to raise for his mum.
The PTSD resurfaced in 2011 when Darren moved to a new home in Cambridgeshire and has a near-death experience from an insect bite that caused a toxic shock and started to shut down his organs. We now call him lucky after the dog in the ‘More Than’ adverts if you ever saw him. This event triggered the Complex PTSD to come out. Lucky for Darren he had a great support network and access to Bev Gold his mind guru. Other we know are not so fortunate and so that is why we help where we can.
Darren found a love affair with cars by working with a local car repairer and he is at his happiest when he has a Mk1 Ford Escort Mexico, RS2000 or Datsun 240z, a bit of wet and dry sandpaper in his hands and a few hours to block sand a classic in readiness for its rejuvenating coat of paint.
Today our charitable efforts reflect Darren’s passion to help those most in need, one of the biggest needs Darren found was in his travels around rural areas in the Ukraine. Touched by the kindness and the spirit of the people he met in the Ukraine, RecruiterWEB have had a 14-year relationship with the country and have made regular monthly contributions to children’s orphanages.
Our chosen charity for PTSD is: