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Below are our vetted Sunshiners who come from positions of extreme hardship or disadvantage.

Name: Patrick
Born: England

Hello everybody!

I was born with Dandy-Walker syndrome, which is a brain malformation, this meant that I was a sickly baby in hospital for my first year of life, the good news is I have since grown strong and healthy and suffer no ill effects.

When I left school I worked on front of house at a theatre, I really loved being with people and was sad that I could not get a better position. So when I came to Sunshine it was energising to find such great people.  The change in my life has been fun and dramatic.

At Sunshine everyday is different for me, one day I’ll be writing the blog and speaking with clients, the next I’ll be going to exhibitions in Liverpool or taking trips to our wholesaler.

I hope I get to meet you very soon.


Name: Christeto Almendras (Jun)
Age: 32
Born: Manila, Philippines

Of my 3 years living in London, I have touched on all walks of life and experienced things I could have only dreamed of before in my life. I have worked in a variety of different fields, including a healthcare assistant, catering and sushi chef, to name but a few.

Today, I am working as a Shoeshiner or a Sunshiner at many famous landmarks in the City. I am so enjoying the job. I have learned how to be confident and how to communicate with professional people. I actually had to have more training for shoeshine, than I did being a working for the health service! In my simple, honest way of shoeshining, I like to think I give big happiness to my customers! :))

Name: Bart Lesniowski
Age: 26
Born: Poland


My name is Barholomew but please call me Bart, I came to Britain with my girlfriend (now fiancee!: )) After having a life changing accident, where I was almost crippled.

Despite my health problem in Poland I study to be forest ranger, but there are not so many forests in London! So I try to work as kitchen porter, this wasn’t the best thing for my knee, any further damage to my knee will cause life long bonding to wheelchair.  The worsening meant I had to quit this position immediately and I find impossible to get job, as sitting still is also a problem for me.  Due to my disability I couldn’t even find a job as simple as working in a supermarket.

This circumstance was most upsetting for me and after a desperate search for employment I am so happy to join Sunshine.  Thank you.






Name: Alan Walton
Age: 46
Born: Tottenham, London


I have been a Sunshiner now for 5 years and cannot imagine my life any different.

I was born with extreme myopia and was almost blind at birth and I went through many foster homes.  At 18 I was studying music at college when I took a schizophrenic breakdown and ended up in a homeless hostel.

In 2006 I was released as I had recovered from my illness. However, life outside the hostel was incredibly difficult for me, I couldn’t find any sort of job due to my background and was left in a cycle of unemployment and general misery.

I found Sunshine though Drew the founder who supported and helped me.  Together we made a plan to save up my wages (and a loan) had an operation on my eyes to correct them, I now don’t even need glasses!

Life today is utterly unrecognisable to what it was, I have a great flat, -1 eye sight and my illness well gone. I love seeing London, speaking with all the different customers and I’ve even been featured on the BBC!  I never plan to leave Sunshine, ever!



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This is Bart During his early childhood he suffered a number of severe injuries to his knees and legs, as a result he has been left technically disabled. He was born in Poland, but came to the UK as it was proving impossible to get a job, sadly due to his physical state he has […]