School was never easy for Robin; he couldn’t read and words seemed impossible. Towards the end of primary school, a specialist teacher introduced him to Dr Seuss and suddenly the penny dropped – he could read!
Secondary school was tough though. With no extra help and being bullied, Robin couldn’t get out of there quick enough, but work was a different ball game. Being a conscientious, hard worker was appreciated and Robin was soon promoted to foreman at a factory. A career in gardening with his brother followed.
But Robin developed serious back problems. Eventually, his doctor told him to give up gardening and get an office job. As long as he had been able to rely on his physical strength, Robin had got by. As soon as that was taken away, he didn’t know what on earth he was going to do.