A father of three who dreams of being able to hold his young children again is raising funds to afford potentially life-changing treatment.
Neil Burton, 32, was diagnosed with two rare conditions in 2009 and has been left with severe paralysis in his body.
Mr Burton, who has to be supervised by carers at all times can no longer hug his children after being left without the use of his arms.
Mr Burton, who lived in Daventry until 2005 and attended William Parker School, said: “Because of the level of paralysis in my body, including the ability to breathe, I can do little for myself. It has isolated me from society to a certain degree though I try my best to live my life the fullest I can. I miss wrapping my arms around my children especially when they ask for a cuddle – that is truly heartbreaking.”
Despite his conditions, Transverse Myelitis and Guilain Barre Syndrome, Mr Burton provides for his family by working in IT via speech recognition software.
With the support of friends and family Mr Burton is also trying to raise £25,000 to pay for stem cell treatment which could potentially repair some of the damage to his nerves and possibly give him some movement back.
Brother John Geary said: “If there is a chance treatment will work we have got to give it our best shot.”
On August 24 Mr Geary will host a Queen tribute act, and buffet at the Daventry Court Hotel to raise funds for Neil’s treatment. To book tickets visit www.mercuryandmay.eventbrite.co.uk.