John is our longest serving volunteer, who’s been with us for 21 years, he started back when we were known as the Glaxo Centre and was one of our pioneers.
John began volunteering when he was 19 with the aim of it being a pathway into employment following his college course, but he liked it so much that he’s stayed with us!
In the beginning he was one of a small handful of volunteers and he’s seen a lot of changes not only to the way the charity works but in the physical layout of the building as well.
He was involved in a road traffic accident a few weeks before his 8th birthday, which resulted in him being in a coma for 12 weeks and then spending 5 months in hospital. John has been left with lasting brain damage that causes him difficulty with walking, speech and memory but he hasn’t let it stop him living his life to the full. As well as volunteering as an administration assistant at The Brain Charity on a Friday, he spends Tuesdays and Thursdays working as a fundraising volunteer at Aintree Hospital.
John is a keen Liverpool FC supporter and holds a season ticket; he’s also a member of their Disabled Supporters Association. He’s a regular at the gym and likes to travel; he’s visited America, Australia and many places in Europe. Travelling has its challenges but he always overcomes these to get to his destination.
He’s known as a bit of a comedian at the charity and his 40th birthday party comedy routine had us all in stitches and everyone looks forward to a new joke every Friday. John’s a popular member of the team and he’s made many friends over the years.
He says that The Brain Charity makes his life better and he really looks forward to coming in each week. We very much look forward to his weekly visits too and he’s very much part of the team now.
Thank you for everything you’ve done over the last 21 years John - long may you continue to be part of The Brain Charity!