Read Sam's story
"My names is Sam Oliver Barnes. I am profoundly deaf due to meningitis at a couple of days old and I wear a Cochlear Implant. I went to The Elizabeth Foundation from 3 months of age.
"After leaving The Elizabeth Foundation, I went to Wallisdean Infant and Junior School, and then moved up to Neville Lovett Community School. After graduating from Neville Lovett, I started at Fareham College doing football coaching for a year. I then got a job in a garage as an apprentice sprayer for a year.
"After that, I moved on to being a car mechanic in different garages from classic Jaguar cars, to normal cars, to high specification cars. Now I’m working as a Head Mechanic in a Japanese Performance garage.
"In my spare time I help my brother doing DJ-ing at the weekends and I also enjoy spending time on my own cars. I want to get into the drifting scene in the near future! And after all the hard work, I like to go on holiday with my friends and relax."
"I went to The Elizabeth Foundation from 3 months of age ... Now I’m working as a Head Mechanic in a Japanese Performance garage."