Driver needed for blind Judo man

MARCH blind man John Hammond has issued an appeal for a driver so he can continue his martial arts training.

The pensioner has been left without transport to get to his weekly training sessions at Swavesey College following the death of his wife, Eileen, last month from cancer.

Sixty-seven-year-old Mr Hammond achieved his black belt in Judo following a grading session last month.

He dedicated his achievement of Shoden first Dan to his wife, who had acted as his chauffeur since he took up the sport six years ago.

He attends weekly training session with the Tokoshime Budo Council International and has worked his way up through the various belts.

He hopes to continue his training and to eventually become a teacher, but in order to do that he needs someone to drive him to his weekly sessions.

Mr Hammond explained he is looking for someone with a clean licence, who might also be interested in learning the art of Judo.

He said: “I would be happy to pay for them to join in the sessions, as well as giving them money for their time. It is a really good hobby, which teaches people discipline as well as self-defence and is also a good way of keeping fit.

“You have to have a licence to take it up and I would pay for the person to get a licence.

“I would also pay the £6 a week training fee. Anyone can do Judo, male or female and the person doesn’t have to have any experience they can still join in.”

The sessions run from 8pm to 10pm, which means leaving March at around 7pm.

Anyone interested should contact Mr Hammond on 01354-659481.