This is a re-post of a blog I first posted in January last year, sadly I have to report that Jon passed away in hospital in Coventry at the weekend. He made a unique contribution as a volunteer at ExtraCare and enriched the lives of all the residents he photographed and wrote about. Jon’ s warm smile and likeable style, together with his considerable journalistic skills helped champion the value in older people that they were often too modest to talk about themselves. He will be much missed by everyone who knew him. God bless you Jon.
Foot note :- When I spoke to Jon’s son Mark today he told me that before Jon came to ExtraCare he was in partnership in his photography business and the company was called after both of their first names —- Jon Graham Photography. Jon never told me that 😄
THIS IS AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY JON CLEAVER TO THIS SERIES OF BLOGS DESCRIBING SOME OF THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE EXTRACARE CHARITABLE TRUST.
For blogs in this series, click on “ExtraCare Traditions” in the TAG CLOUD
The photographs that accompanied all the ExtraCare Tradition blogs were taken by a truly, extraordinary volunteer – Jon Cleaver in the picture above. Jon started as a volunteer working with our Activities Manager — Mike Hallam. That was over 25 years ago and he has been involved almost every week since then ! We initially used his skills as a professional photographer to champion our activities work and publicise it in our “Roundabout” magazine.
Over the years he will have taken thousands of photographs of our residents and he quickly became a fixture in the activities team. His contribution has been immense and he went on to hone his journalistic abilities by writing the “Meet Cleaver” pages in the Extralife magazine. Each one of these is a thoughtfully researched story of the life of an ExtraCare resident. There cannot be a better example of what a volunteer can contribute to an organisation and I pay tribute to him for every hour he has given to ExtraCare, and for the joy he has brought to hundreds of residents lives.