Andy’s New Wheels campaign hits the road after raising £27,903 for Northampton man

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A campaign to raise money for an muscular dystrophy sufferer in Northampton to buy an adapted vehicle has achieved its target.

Andy’s Wheels Appeal, which was launched in January last year, has raised £27,903 over a 10-month period.

Ann and Andy Billing have now taken collection of their new vehicle.

A spokesperson for the appeal said: “We had a huge amount of support from many local companies, friends and family. We would like to say thank you to all those who have supported the appeal.”

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 needed replacing.

Speaking at the launch of the appeal last year, 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 was not an option.