Talented teen
craftsman 
defies disability

Andy Bewell, 18, has overcome adversity to complete a joinery course at Calderdale College.
Andy Bewell, 18, has overcome adversity to complete a joinery course at Calderdale College.

A teenager born with just one arm has battled against adversity to complete a joinery course.

From being a young child. Andy Bewell, 18, has learnt to adapt to life without an arm - a challenge many could not imagine.

But in a feat of dedication, the hard-working teen has risen above his disability to complete the Level 1 and 2 NVQ joinery course at Calderdale College.

“I always carry on,” Andy, who lives in Hebden Bridge, said. “If I can’t do something, I’ll stop, think, and try again.

“I want to make something of my life even if I do have a disability.

“I always liked woodwork at school and wanted to do something with my hands, but I thought it was an opportunity to show people that you can do it, no matter who you are.

“I really enjoyed my time at college, I made new friends and I was over the moon when I got my certificates as it meant I could finally work.”

When Andy first begun the course he used a prosthetic arm, but found it was easier to work without it and managed to adapt successfully.

And his work impressed his tutors so much that he was recognised in the college’s awards - a testament to his dedication.

Now, the talented teen is on the hunt for a job to put his skills to good use, but says it has been a struggle.

He said: “I’m finding it quite difficult to find a job.

“I think when people see my arm they judge me, but I always say never judge a book by its cover.

“Give me a chance and I’ll show you what I can or can’t do.

“I’d also like to work with people who have lost limbs - to speak to them and help them adapt like I have.