Illness forced John to give up work in 2004 after farming all his life.
John worked on his family farm in Yorkshire from a young age. His father had the tenancy for the plot and after he died John took over, eventually buying the farm with his wife Susan when the tenancy came up. Now that John is no longer able to work, his son Robert has taken over the running of the farm.
John explained: “I had to give up farming when I had a stroke. I have no use of my left arm at all, I just have one hand. Then I lost my legs, we had a big decision to make about them.”
A friend told John about R.A.B.I and he soon got in touch. The charity funded disability adaptions for John’s Gator, giving him the chance to get out and about.
“It’s a marvellous machine,” John said, “It gets me out every day. I get round the area, people know me, I’ll stop and have a talk, and I’ll go to see that the sheep are in the field.”
Now, John regularly fundraises for R.A.B.I. For his birthday, he asked for friends and family to make donations in lieu of presents. He raised £700, which he donated to R.A.B.I and the Air Ambulance.
“R.A.B.I has helped me a lot. I’m extremely grateful for it. It’s unreal what they’ve done for me and my life.”
Learn more about John’s story in this video.
Pictured above are Susan and John.