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Eldwick man drawing up plans for more fundraising support
11:00am Saturday 8th March 2014 in News
Parkinson’s sufferer John Sheffield has raised £3,300 to support groups in Keighley and Airedale from the sale of hand-drawn calendars.
Mr Sheffield, 56, a self-employed electrical design engineer from Eldwick, was hit by the debilitating nervous disorder four years ago, but has kept up an active lifestyle thanks to a determined attitude to his condition.
“Coping with Parkinson’s is all about being positive, which is why the support groups at Baildon, Shipley and Keighley are so important,” said Mr Sheffield, who decided to create a calendar from his pencil drawings of local landmark buildings, including East Riddlesden Hall.
“I’d not done art since school, so that was something positive that’s come out of this. And drawing is very good as it helps with dexterity and physical concentration, and takes your mind off the Parkinson’s.”
He got sponsorship for each month, so all profits from more than 500 sales have gone to the local groups, each receiving £1,100.
Mr Sheffield and wife, Andrea, have just returned from a French skiing holiday which again shows his inspirational attitude.
“The mountain air is brilliant and I managed to ski half days and felt so much better – we were playing table tennis at night-time!” he said.
And he is already beginning work on next year’s calendar. “I’ve started art classes and am keen to do something in watercolours,” he added.