A Melton man who has raised more than £50,000 to help fellow sufferers of motor neurone disease is to launch his own charity to generate cash for specialist equipment for sufferers enduring the latter stages of the disease.
Stewart Sparling (43) led an active life and worked as a police officer when he was diagnosed with the condition almost four years ago.
Despite increasingly impaired movement, he embarked on a remarkable fundraising campaign for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) charity by organising a number of activities.
Stewart has always been grateful for everything the MNDA does for sufferers but he becamse concerned there was no funding for specialised equipment to help those who are battling the later stages of the condition so he decided to focus his fundraising efforts on that.
He will launch his new charity - The Treble One Trust, named after his collar number when he served in the police - at a summer ball on May 9 at the Marriott Hotel in Leicester.
Stewart said: “Since my diagnosis my ability to walk, talk, eat, drink and complete everyday tasks have been taken away from me,
“I now only have movement in my neck and very limited movement in the fingers on my left hand.
“I cannot emphasise enough the difference that having specialist equipment has made to my everyday life. I urge anyone who can, to please donate to this worthwhile cause.”
Stewart, who is married to Angie with a son Lewis and daughter Caitlin, is already working on a programme of fundraisers for his new charity and former police colleagues are also set to help with activities of their own.
Those who attend the charity’s launch will also be contributing to funds. The evening will begin with a Champagne reception at 5.30pm, followed by a four-course meal and live entertainment.
The cost is £39 per person and individual or sponsored tables can be booked via email@example.com - further information about the charity and its fundraising events can be obtained on Twitter by following @thetreble1