This is Rocky, Ian's adopted puppy.
I wanted to give you all an update and apologies that it has taken so long for me to do so, but the last year, as you can imagine has been extremely challenging in so many ways due to Covid-19 and the snake bite, especially coming to terms with the fact that I am now registered permanently blind and with limited mobility.
However, I wouldn’t have got through it all, had not been for your incredible generosity and support. I was totally overwhelmed by the donations that literally poured in from all over the world in a few days, from complete strangers. Your support, along with my family, my Sabirian colleagues, the hospital staff in India and the NHS here, have quite literally kept me going and has given me the determination to readjust and get back to work. Words will never be enough to thank you all for what you have done for me.
I am determined now, no matter what the challenges are that I face ahead, to return to India and the work that I love and to continue supporting the people who rely on the charity business for their own livelihoods. It has been an incredibly tough time for them too and a financially challenging time for the charity, so I want to return to India and give them the support they need.
I hope to make that journey in the next week or two and return to Jodhpur, Rajasthan and I have been spending time researching and learning to use new equipment and adaptations that can help me do the work I need to do when I arrive.
I know some people will perhaps find it hard to believe that I would go back especially after all I have been through, but this social enterprise and all the people it supports means everything to me. As for the challenges I’ve faced and continue to face, well I’m just going to see it as the next instalment in life’s big adventure. I have had so many people say to me you need to write a book, so, who knows, one day, if people want to read my story, then I will write a book about it all.
I have decided also to keep open the GoFundMe page but any additional money raised from now on will go directly to Sabirian.
Owned by Isle of Wight charity Community Action Isle of Wight, Sabirian is a social enterprise that provides employment and training opportunities for around 100 Indian craftspeople aged between 18-87, to help them trade their way out of poverty by providing training and help to import and sell their crafts and furniture in the UK and around the world in a sustainable and ethical way.
If you are interested in helping support Sabirian too, you can donate via
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support.