John worked in farming all his life, until ill health forced him to retire in 2004.
Born on a farm, John grew up with seven siblings. Every summer, they would pick potatoes to earn some extra money to help their father, who struggled to look after all eight of them. For many years, John was a farm worker in Pembrokeshire.
John said: “My last job was on a mixed beef and sheep farm and my arms by then had gotten so bad that the consultant said: ‘John, you’ve got to retire.’
“My joints are all worn out, and then I developed heart problems.”
After moving into a council house, John had a visit from an occupational therapist who told him all about R.A.B.I. He had never heard of the charity before, but soon got in touch to see what help was available. John now receives regular grants.
John added: “I don’t have the worries of big bills. Say if the washing machine or fridge freezer broke down, I’ve only got to ask and they’ll help.
“They’ve even got me a mobility scooter which I’m over the moon about. I spent five years stuck in the house on a chair and now you can’t keep me in. I go out on my scooter and see the cattle. I go out a mile up the road to see the view and nearly every field I see I fenced.”