Fundraising for Hartlepool dad’s MS op tops £5,000

Eric Thompson suffers from a rare form of multiple sclerosis.
Eric Thompson suffers from a rare form of multiple sclerosis.

A fundraising bid to help a dad suffering from an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis has topped £5,200.

Four years ago, sporty father-of-five Eric Thomson was given the devastating diagnosis of Primary Progressive MS – a form which has no treatment in this country.

Last month his family launched a £30,000 fundraising campaign to send Eric to Mexico, to undergo a haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), which offers the possibility of slowing – if not stopping – the progression of his condition, and improve mobility.

So far, a Just Giving Page has raised £4,502, and a recent fundraising race night raised £1,206.

On October 8, the latest fundraising event – a spiritualist evening with Peter Crawford – was held at The Raglan, raising £695.

More than 80 people turned out to the event to show their support for Eric by taking his fundraising total up to £5,200.

Fundraising co-ordinator Angela Cowe said: “It was a great night and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

“Eric is doing really well at the minute – he is quite upbeat and we are on target for fundraising.

“We would like to raise another £600 by Christmas.”

Eric is scheduled to have the operation in 2017 at the Riaz Clinic in Mexico, but could also receive treatment in Russia.

This pioneering treatment comes at a cost of £30,000, which Mr Thomson needs to raise in just 12 to 18 months, before his condition can progress further.

The former Camerons Brewery worker, of Jowitt Road, was just 44 when he was diagnosed in July 2011.

Now 49, he has seen his whole life change as symptoms progress.

Upcoming events include a Halloween party at the Cosmopolitan on October 30; a fun run at Seaton Front on October 31 and a Christmas fair on November 21, at the Old Boys Rugby Club.

For information on charity events, visit HSCT fundraising for Eric Thompson on Facebook.

To donate, visit the JustGiving page HERE.