Army veteran from Preston receives robotic arm just in time to raise a pint this Christmas
  • 4 months ago
John Newcombe, who served 34 years as an infantry soldier, was injured in a blast in Northern Ireland during the 1980s.

He has since developed primary progressive multiple sclerosis which has robbed him of his independence. 

Help for Heroes' mission is to provide life changing support for veterans and their families, ensuring they can live well after their military service has ended.

The military Charity's work has enabled John to become only the fifth person in the UK to have a JACO assistive robotic arm, which is mounted on a motorised wheelchair.

John, 60, can now do the simple things he had written off ever being able to do again - hugging his partner, Claire, taking his support dog, Casper, out for a walk, feeding himself and brushing his own teeth.