A South Tyneside man who is fundraising to pay for pioneering multiple sclerosis treatment abroad says he is overjoyed after reaching £6,000.
Paul George, 40, was diagnosed with relapse and remitting MS 10 years ago and has been forced to watched his life change as symptoms progressed.
The once-active construction worker was just 30 when he noticed his sight had become blurred while he was driving to work and was rushed to hospital. He was eventually told by doctors that he had MS.
On Saturday, a coffee afternoon was held at The Crown Hotel in Boldon for the dad-of-one from Wilton Gardens, Boldon, in the hope of raising funds to go towards the £40,000 pioneering operation in Russia or Poland.
The treatment, called Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT), offers the possibility of slowing, if not stopping, the progression of his MS. Now the fund has reached around £6,000 after generous people in South Tyneside came forward to help, raising £1,900 from the coffee afternoon alone.
He said: “Around 200 people came along on the day and we managed to raise £1,900, which was brilliant.
“I am absolutley astounded by the amount raised.
“The event was held in what was my local pub, back when I had an active social life, so a lot of people who I have known for years came along.
“My Just Giving Page now stands at £2,865 and family members have also pledged over £1,000, bringing the total to around £6,000.”
Now Paul has £34,000 to go to reach his target.
To donate visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Paul-Frederick-George