Final funds are pouring in for a pioneering MS operation which will transform the life of a former Hartlepool brewery worker.
Fundraisers have announced around £21,500 has been raised towards stem cell treatment in Mexico for Eric Thomson who is battling Primary Progressive MS.
Chris Richardson, 28, from West View, held a successful ladies night at Owton Manor Social Club, Wynyard Road, on March 12, which saw Hartlepool women come together to raise £4k. The topless butler, who appears on Geordie Shore for company Geordie Tours, was delighted with the amount of cash raised on the night which smashed his target of £3k.
Chris said: “I raised £3,100 and Mecca Bingo raised £1,000-so we raised £4,100 all together.
“I just want to thank everybody who supported the event as it was a fantastic night.”
While in Mexico, Eric will undergo a haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) at the Riaz Clinic, which offers the possibility of slowing – if not stopping – the progression of his condition, and improve mobility.
Fundraiser Angela Crowe, 53, from John House Gardens, is also hopeful further funds will be raised form an upcoming Western Night on April 8 at the Old Boys Rugby Club.
The event will feature bingo, playing card raffle and a horse shoe toss as well as Western singers.
“Its the final push now to raise the remainder of the £35k for Eric,” Angela said. “We have quite a few things lined up to fundraise until the end of May just before Eric travels to Mexico.”
Eric said he was delighted with the fundraising effort.
He said: “Chris has done a lot of hard work and a lot of money was raised from it.
“I am feeling excited to go for the treatment.
“I have booked our flights and we are ready to go.”
Tickets for the Western Night are £2 and doors open at 7pm.
To donate to Eric’s cause visit his online fundraising page: https://www.gofundme.com/HSCTforEricT