Droitwich's MND Warrior John Adams to have his own baton relay event in Vines Park tomorrow - The Droitwich Standard

Droitwich's MND Warrior John Adams to have his own baton relay event in Vines Park tomorrow

Droitwich Editorial 22nd Jul, 2022   0

A SPECIAL baton relay will be held tomorrow in Vines Park, Droitwich, to honour the town’s tenacious MND Warrior John Adams.

John was diagnosed with MND six years ago and was told back then his life expectancy was around 12 to 18 months.

After the shock, John vowed to his family and friends he would never to stop fighting and he wanted to use the rest of his time to raise awareness of this horrific disease and raise funds to find a much-needed cure. He has never broken this promise.

He has gained an enormous social media following and receives hundreds of messages on a daily basis.




As well as helping so many people fighting this disease and people who have lost loved ones, he is known in the MND community as ‘Sir John Our Inspirational Warrior’.

Throughout his journey he has set himself many challenges most people would not even consider and has raised nearly £20,000 towards MND research.


When people heard about the commonwealth baton travelling around the country a group got together to nominate him.

Unfortunately it was announced that the torch would not be travelling through his home town.

A group got together and decided to do an event especially for him, a special shirt has been designed and a replica torch produced.

The event will take place at 2pm tomorrow (Saturday, July 23) in Vines Park.

He will be passed the baton by Martin Weston an ex Worcestershire cricket player and John will pass the baton to a young local boxer called Amelia Mann.

The Major of Droitwich Spa and other local dignitaries will be there to support the event.

The day will be all about promoting awareness of MND and local sporting clubs. There will be lots of activities including a display of special cars.

John has a large following from West Bromwich Albion Football Club as he has been a lifetime supporter, many have promised to be at the event wearing their club shirts.

Over the last four weeks John has had a rough time, he caught Covid which really caused him lots of problems.

On Monday he was rushed to hospital with a temperature of 39.7 which resulted in a fit, after tests it was confirmed John had a UTI infection which turned into sepsis.

He is improving every day and although he cannot speak he has been using is grid pad to tell the doctors he has to be out by Saturday because he is desperate to make his star appearance.

John, a true inspiration and real fighter who always has a smile on his face, made it home in time today and it is hoped many people will congregate in Vines Park to support John and his own special baton relay event.

People are urged to don their sportswear and bring some spare change to donate to the cause.

People can also donate at the fund-raising page here.

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