Despite being registered blind, following a major road accident in 2001, John has overcome life changing physical and sensory disabilities to achieve; in a coma for many weeks, it was not clear if he would ever regain speech and movement but he eventually emerged to face life blind and with major nerve and brain damage. It was not clear if he would ever regain speech and movement. John is now a valued member of the community as a volunteer and trustee of SAB, actively willing to give his time to the benefit of others. He is a true inspiration to anyone who has suffered a major trauma but had the determination and willpower to succeed, despite life changing disabilities, to work to improve not only his own life as a dedicated family man, but for others, especially those who are also visually impaired like himself. In 2006, John completed the London marathon walking and running when he could (his story was televised) raising significant proceeds in sponsorship; in 2010, John rode a tandem in the London to Paris Bike Ride, and again as a outcome of his supportive sponsorship , has resulted in funding services and activities to improve the lives of other visually impaired people in the community, including establishing an activity club for visually impaired children in Merton.