Hi, my name is Toby, I am 41 & live in Bournemouth, Dorset I have recently turned my life around, thanks to a Christian faith based charity called Teen challenge. I entered Willoughby house back in 2014 to begin a 10 month rehabilitation programme. Before entering I was a lost & broken man, I was suicidal & could not see a way out, I couldn't see what the point of life was. My doubts & my way of thinking led me into years & years of drink & drug abuse that nearly killed me. I was a desperate man & had 2 beautiful children I wanted to be a father to but I could not beat my addictions. Entering Teen Challenge after a drug worker suggested it I have never looked back & It has changed my life. The encounters of God I experienced while in this place was something I've never experienced before, It gave me a whole new outlook on life! Jesus has set me free from my addictions, I am no longer controlled by any substances I no longer drink, smoke or take drugs. Everything that I was looking for & chasing in life I found in Christ, it was only then everything made sense. On the 21st of September 2014 I was baptised, born again & have a new life with a brand new vision! While in a Fridays art class in Teen Challenge I began doodling, & created the Vision7 logo; from this I felt that God has inspired me to use it on clothes . I wasn't quite sure why or what for, as I have no idea about fashion or even clothes! but I was getting confirmation from certain things that made me smile, so..I sent off my drawing to be trademarked & it was accepted, I still had no idea what to do next, so I prayed about it. That following day a visitor came into Teen Challenge sharing his story & what he does & it was helping orphan children. From this I felt led to launch a Vision7 clothing line to support orphan children. After completing the Teen Challenge programme I have put all my savings into getting a few basic clothes made up to sell to help fund this project. I hope to go on to expand, I would be so grateful for your support & I hope we together can do some amazing things & save some children's lives.
I hope you can join me on my journey;