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Internet Supports Man With Down Syndrome With #GiveBenAJob Campaign

03/19/2015 06:12 pm ET | Updated Mar 19, 2015

One small tweet from Kensington, Liverpool, has been heard around the world.

On Friday evening, Fiona Hodge took to Twitter to ask people to help her 26-year-old stepson, Ben, who has Down syndrome, find a paid job. Ben has work experience at large chain corporations, the Liverpool Echo reports, but they did not offer him a paid position.

The next day, Hodge tweeted out a picture of Ben with his job experience and a contact email, with the hashtag #GiveBenAJob.

The response to the post was overwhelming. As of Wednesday, her original message has been retweeted more than 800 times. Among the responders was comedian Jason Manford, who retweeted Hodge’s post to his 181,000 followers.

It’s been so positive and uplifting,” Hodge told the Liverpool Echo about the large response. “There hasn’t been a single unpleasant or negative tweet. Ben loves going out to work and he’s really keen to work.”

Her post was also successful.

The Liverpool Echo reported that Ben had been contacted by a few local businesses, and Hodge tweeted that he was planning to begin an "initial trial" at Wilson's Kitchen, a family-run restaurant in Liverpool on Saturday.

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