Businesses team up to support Northampton man battling multiple sclerosis

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Businesses in Wellingborough Road are teaming up to help raise money for one of their most loyal customers and give them the equipment he needs to tackle a debilitating disease.

Michael White, a 40-year-old software developer of Adams Avenue, Northampton, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis eight years ago and struggles to walk.

He needs to raise almost £5,000 to pay for an ankle cuff which sends electric currents and pulses to the nerve endings in his foot, helping him to walk.

A fund-raising night will be held at Behind The Bus Stop, on Tuesday, January 28 and it is hoped a number of local businesses will donate prizes for a charity raffle on the evening.

Mr White, who has previously survived three renal transplants and has kidneys donated by his father and brother, is a keen supporter of local businesses and can regularly be seen in Wellingborough Road with his dog, a five-month-old cockapoodle called Arnold.

He said: “I struggle to get about so the Wellingborough Road is my lifeline. I spend a lot of time in the shops, bars and restaurants here and I love the place because everyone is so welcoming, supportive and friendly. There is a real sense of community.

“The MS has been getting worse and the cuff would make the world of difference to me. My friends and family have been amazing and we’ve even talked about me doing a skydive to try to raise some money.”

The evening will coincide with Behind The Bus Stop’s first anniversary and landlord Paul Tyrrell said it was the perfect way to celebrate.

He said: “We’ve had a superb first year, thanks mainly due to the wonderful support of our band of extremely loyal customers, none more so than Michael. Hopefully this will be our way of giving something back and we’d love lots of the other businesses nearby to get on board as well.”

For more information, or to donate a prize, call Behind The Bus Stop on Northampton 626126 or tweet @behindthebussto.