Since retirement he now focuses more on his charity work for SportsAble which promotes awareness of disability through sport and encourages the integration of disabled and able-bodied people.
Despite John’s zest for life, accessing the countryside has always presented a challenge in a wheelchair until he discovered the TGA Breeze S4 mobility scooter (dark grey limited edition). This rugged 8mph machine became famous nationwide following its appearance on the BBC 2 Top Gear TV programme.
John said: “Since ownership I have been very impressed with its performance on the initial runs I have attempted. Much more is planned in the future as I cannot wait to explore the neighbouring Thames footpath. My love of wildlife, especially birds, will be fulfilled I’m sure and fishing could be on the agenda too.”