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Caretaker brings sunshine into students’ lives

Jim Whiskins, of Fircroft College, received the British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours

“You can’t always see it, but there’s sunshine on the other side.”

That’s what caretaker Jim Whiskins tells the students at Fircroft College in Birmingham. They’ve been lucky enough to feel the warmth of Jim’s words of wisdom for 23 years.

Jim arrived at the college as a student himself. He’d been made redundant from his job as an engineer and enrolled in a one-year access course with the aim of going on to university and becoming a schoolteacher.

As it turns out, Jim never left Fircroft – he took a job as the college’s caretaker, and quickly became a caregiver, too.

You see, he did so ...

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