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When I was fourteen I left school and started working for my local grocery shop. I worked there for a year. From there I found work on various farms where I milked the cows, fed them and the pigs, helped harvest crops, I did this for three years. At the age of eighteen I joined the Royal Engineers. I was with the royal engineers for twelve years and I travelled all over the world, places like Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cypress, Libya, Thailand, Malaya and most of Europe. I loved being in the army, as it was an amazing feeling being a part of a unit where you support and rely on each other. I was on three tours in Ireland during the battles with the IRA, which wasn’t a good experience. After the Royal engineers I went to Australia for 18 months, working with a farming company. I then came back to England where I met my wife Nikki and had our two children; Hayley is 29 and Robin is 25.

When I was 59 I had a serious stroke that put me in hospital for 11 months and left me paralysed down the right hand side of my body and unable to walk properly and unable to communicate. It is now six years on from my stroke and I am still unable to walk further than from the bus to the workshop. I am still unable to communicate, as my brain will not work properly and will not let me pronounce words properly. When I say no I might mean yes and vice-versa. I feel very trapped, isolated, angry and frustrated as I understand everything being said to me. Coming to Creatability and meeting other people with different disabilities makes you realize that there are people less fortunate than myself. I have also discovered that I can draw and paint even though I am using my left hand. Up until I had my stroke I was never artist and had never drawn or painted before.

Silk Painting

Silk Painting

Pencil Drawing

Pencil Drawing

 

Silver Brooch

Silver Brooch

Pendant

Pendant

ApplePendant

Apple Pendant