Anyone who has used PPRuNE over the years will know Don Daines (aka PPRuNe Pop) and if you've ever been to a PPRuNe Bash, you'll also have met his wife Jan. Sadly, Dons health has deteriorated recently and Jan is finding it very difficult to get to and from the hospital where Don is undergoing long term treatment due to her own disabilities.
Don never failed to go out of his way to assist other PPRuNers and fellow flyers over the years. Those of you who know Don personally will attest to his unwavering friendliness and helpful nature. Now that his health has failed him, we would like to give back something to help him over this very difficult period.
Due to Jans disability, which makes her mobility very difficult, we, the PPRuNe Mods, are trying to help raise enough money so that Jan can arrange for a taxi two or three times a week to take her to and from the hospital where Don is being treated. Although it is only about 8-9 miles, the journey by bus is too arduous for Jan as it involves a lot of walking and climbing of steps to cross roads etc.
The fare for the taxi ride is not cheap as the journey time is extended due to traffic and costs around £30 each way, which is a sum they cannot afford on their very limited pension. We are in the process of assisting Jan to get a taxi card which will help offset some of the cost but even with that discount, the sum would be prohibitive for her.
For Don, he looks forward to Jans visits as they are the only thing that helps him through the drudgery of the hospital regime. He is not allowed home and Jans visits are just about the only thing that brings a smile to his face. It is quite saddening to see someone we all know who has been unfortunate to have failing health and needs our support.
So, this fundraising scheme is not particularly ambitious but aims to raise enough money to help one of our original PPRuNe moderators and all round PPRuNe patriarch through a difficult time by helping the all important woman behind him to regularly visit and keep his spirits up.
Every donation, no matter how small, will go towards assisting Don and Jan at this difficult time.