Warwick single dad volunteering to help struggling residents
FOR a bloke who spent more than 30 years behind the wheel of a road train, Stan Fletcher's life has certainly done a u-turn in recent years.
These days a volunteer for Lighthouse in Warwick, Mr Fletcher gets around in a one-tonne truck, taking care of pick-ups and deliveries for the organisation, that helps those who reach out for help.
"It's been a real eye-opener," Mr Fletcher said.
"We get to see the other side of life in Warwick.
"Those people who are down and out and struggling to get by so much they're got no choice but to ask someone for help."
Mr Fletcher said the change in careers had been very fulfilling.
"I've been here for 18 months," he said.
"My mum Pam is the co-ordinator, so she had a bit to do with getting me along to help out.
"I've been in the situation before where I've had to ask for help so I understand.
"People can be embarrassed to come here and seek a hand but they needn't be, that's exactly what we're here for."
Mr Fletcher said the generosity of Warwick people sometimes surprised him.
"We've had people donate a houseful of furniture. That sort of gesture can turn someone else's year around."
Another thing that changed things a little for Mr Fletcher was one almighty 50th birthday surprise.
"My daughter Jade came along," he said.
"That was quite unexpected."
Four years on, Mr Fletcher is a single dad.
"It's been challenging but so rewarding," he said.
"Certain moments melt my heart.
"Like when she comes home and her glowing face when she's showing me something she's done or made at school."