John has been volunteering with Motivation for over ten years. He’s a familiar face and a huge asset to the organisation.

As a geography teacher I had taught about less developed countries and I could not believe my luck in finding an organisation just two miles from home that was contributing to these same regions.

Like many of our staff and volunteers he has thrown himself in wholeheartedly, even deciding to self-fund a trip to Sri Lanka to visit our projects out there following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.  

The projects we saw in (Sri Lanka) reinforced our view of the life enhancing work being done and remain as some of our most vivid memories.

On returning from his trip, John has continued to give up his time to come into the office regularly to support the team, but he has also helped to fundraise. He describes his most successful fundraising whilst working at Nailsea School where for several years he persuaded staff to donate to Motivation rather than sending cards to each other at Christmas. The staff generously gave around £1,500 over the years and even began to talk to John in terms of how many wheelchairs they had funded rather than the actual donation amount.

The role of a volunteer is certainly varied, and John describes one of his highlights as having the chance to play wheelchair basketball, though his “ageing joints suffered for days afterwards!”

Much of the work John has focused on in the last two years has been involved with collating the case studies of the people who have benefitted from receiving a Motivation wheelchair. “The difference Motivation continues to make is humbling but also inspiring.”

As well as thanking John for his incredible efforts we would love to talk to you if you have time to spare and the right sort of skills and experiences that could support us in our efforts. We can’t promise you an overseas trip but we can guarantee a warm welcome, variety and the chance to make a difference!

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