Double amputee Scot who broke neck in RAF training backs campaign for veterans in need

John Bacon, 75, who served as ground crew from 1959 to 1971, is now spreading the word about the RAF Benevolent Fund.

A double amputee Scot is helping to promote a campaign to support RAF veterans in need.

John Bacon, 75, who broke his neck during an RAF training exercise and later had both his legs amputated, has been given a new lease of life after receiving a rising wheelchair.

The former corporal from Glasgow now wants to spread the word about the support that’s available to veterans through the RAF Benevolent Fund.

John, who served as ground crew from 1959 to 1971, said: “The wheelchair I was using was falling apart and wasn’t fit for purpose.

“I used to go to the supermarket and I would have to sit and wait in the aisle for someone else to help me if I needed anything from one of the higher shelves.

“The RAF Benevolent Fund purchased a riser wheelchair for me so I can make full use of my kitchen and remain as independent as possible.

John Bacon has been given a new lease of life after receiving a rising wheelchair (Image: Daily Record & Sunday Mail)

 

“My new chair has made a huge difference. I can bake, do the washing up – everything is much easier and safer.”

John has also benefited from a telephone friendship group run by the charity.

He said: “You get to chat with other people who have served in the air force and they have a lot of interesting tales to tell. It makes me feel connected.”

Air Commodore Paul Hughesdon, of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “Our research tells us there are about 500,000 RAF veterans experiencing difficulties with issues like self-care and mobility.

“The recent announcement of Fred Sutherland’s death, one of the last Dambusters, was a stark reminder that we must act now and support our World War II and National Service generation before it’s too late.

“It is because of this that we are launching a public appeal to find RAF veterans.

“Many, having been trained to be resilient, are hesitant to come forward for support to benefit from our financial or non-financial services.”

● For more information on the RAF Benevolent Fund, visit www.rafbf.org.uk or call 0800 169 2942.

Source: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/double-amputee-scot-who-broke-13962648

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