John Bonner, a primary school teacher from Northampton and well known charity fundraiser, defied all odds last month by participating in the London Marathon to raise money for CAFOD.
After a head on car accident in 2003, John was left with both ankles and legs broken, a shattered jaw and a loss of all ligaments in his right knee, as well as his left arm being broken in 17 places. But after being on the brink of death for five days, he made a miraculous recovery and was able to take part in the London Marathon on April 20th, alongside his brother Paul and sister Monica.
His aim is to raise £10,000 for CAFOD, in support of our work in poverty-stricken countries and so far he, along with his siblings, has managed to raise an amazing £5,050, more than enough to set up a health clinic.
Speaking to the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, John said: “I’ve been to South Africa a few times and I’ve seen some poverty-stricken places first-hand, and I’ve also seen first-hand the work CAFOD and other organisations do supporting those communities. So the idea is to support our poorest sisters and brothers throughout the world.
“If you look at what’s happening in Syria at the moment, £1.35 would feed a malnourished child. I couldn’t imagine going for 48 hours without something to eat.”
John’s fundraising page can be found at http://www.justgiving.com/CeliaMonicaPaulandJohn