Ex-soldier John raises £1,500 for charity on his Snowdon walk

Ex-soldier John Dawson raised £1,500 for charity after taking on a Snowdon challenge while recovering from a brain injury.

John, who suffered a brain injury while in the army in 2009, is supported by Voyage Care in Nuneaton and raised funds for the Regimental Colonels Charity.

John climbed Snowdon on June 24 with former army colleagues and his support team, including Voyage Care Supported Living Team Leader Jez Evans. Jez chose to raise £500 for Headway - the Brain Injury Association.

John said: “I’ve been wanting to give back to the Regimental Colonels Charity as they helped pay for a lot of my recovery equipment, so I was thinking of what I could do."

Jez Evans said: “John did really well. The most continuous walking that John had managed during his training with Carl (John’s Physiotherapist) was two hours, and that was on flat terrain!”

After joining the army at the age of 20 in 2009, John was deployed in 2012 to Afghanistan to serve his country. John was relieving a fellow soldier who had been on duty on a compound roof when his life changed forever.

“I was literally on the roof for no more than 10 seconds when I was shot through my head and right eye,” explained John, a father-of-two.It was his fellow soldier who found him. “I owe a lot to him. He put his life on the line to save mine!” said John.

The ex-soldier was taken to Kabul where he had surgery straight away, before being flown to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment. “I was in a coma for quite a long time. The only person I would react to was my dad. He said the names of my children and I squeezed his hand,” said John.

After John had started to recover, he was transferred to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court in Epsom, before moving to one of our ABI rehabilitation centres in Nuneaton.

Congratulations to John and everyone involved.