Brave Matt’s Facebook jobs appeal goes viral

Stroke victim Matthew Potts with his daughter Daisy (s)
Stroke victim Matthew Potts with his daughter Daisy (s)

A stroke victim, whose story touched the hearts of hundreds of people when he appealed for work on social media, has become a minor celebrity.

Brave Matt Potts was contacted by dozens of people when a status he posted on Facebook advertising his services for work received around 600 shares. Several offers came in for Matt along with messages of good luck and support from family and friends across the globe. Matt, who has raised £2,500 for the Stroke Assocation by taking part in three half marathons, was even invited to be interviewed on a local radio station, an offer he accepted even though he struggles with speaking, one of the cruel legacies of the stroke.

Matt, who worked as a Maths teacher before his stroke, said: “I felt quite nervous about being on the radio but then it wasn’t as nerve wracking as I thought it would be in the end.”

Friends and family from across the UK and the world tuned in to listen to Matt including his mum, Heather Catlow, who he lives with in Ribchester, sister Rebecca who lives in Australia his aunt Julie who is in France.

Matt is now looking at the job offers he has received while he continues on the road back to health.

He appealed for offers of work doing practical things such as labouring, tiling, cleaning, gardening and painting to help him get back into a working routine.