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After retiring from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service Bob was involved in a serious road traffic collision. Tragically his wife was killed in the accident and he sustained major injuries which hospitalised him for a year. In this interview, Bob tells his story and explains how the Charity has helped him regain his mobility and independence.

In 2008, following 30 years in the service as a firefighter, Bob retired and looked forward to a happy and busy retirement. Just a year later, however, he lost his wife and sustained major injuries in a life changing road traffic collision. It took three years and multiple operations to put Bob back together. Since then he has received regular rehabilitation support at The Fire Fighters Charity’s Jubilee House centre in Cumbria.

The personalised rehabilitation support provided by the Charity has enabled Bob to continue on his road to recovery by improving his strength and mobility.

“A few years ago I was in a wheelchair and now I’m able to walk around with these sticks.”

Bob Stovell

In the video here he explains how the support he has received from the Charity has helped him look to the future with a more positive outlook: “It’s quite nice to wake up in the morning now… I can do things again”.

“..before my life was virtually non-existent but since I started coming here…  I can start living again.”

Bob Stovell

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