Family launch Andy’s Wheels Appeal plea

Andys Wheels Appeal

Andys Wheels Appeal

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A fund-raising campaign has been launched by the friends and family of a Northampton man who has muscular dystrophy.

Andy’s Wheels Appeal is supporting the efforts for Andy Billing and his wife, Ann, in their drive to raise money for a new-adapted, wheelchair-accessible van.

Mr Billing was diagnosed with the muscle-wasting disease in 1993 when he was aged 34. In 1999, the family launched a similar appeal which raised £30,000 to pay for a specially-adapted vehicle. That vehicle is now 14 years old and needs replacing.

Mrs Billing said: “Andy is unable to walk and uses an electric wheelchair on a daily basis. Despite this disability he stays cheerful and loves to spend time with our four sons, five grandchildren, family and friends.

“Due to Andy’s height when sat in a chair, any van we use requires a dropped floor so that he can access it without banging his head,” she said.

Mr Billing is unable to work and his wife is his full-time carer, so financing a car through Motability is not an option.

To help raise money, Andy’s Wheels Appeal has organised a performance by the Accrington Stanley band at the Rodber Suite, Franklin’s Gardens, in Weedon Road on Friday, March 28.

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