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Weʼre raising £10,000 to help build a downstairs wet room for Gary who is suffering from a life limiting, aggressive form of Motor Neurone Disease.

Stoke-on-Trent, UK
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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service Crew Manager, Gary Bowcock, is suffering from a life limiting, aggressive form of Motor Neurone Disease and is facing this with the utmost dignity and courage.

His friends at Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service are undertaking numerous fund raising events over the coming months however we need to act fast and raise as much money as possible to assist Gary and his family in making his home as comfortable as possible. Therefore I am asking you to donate what ever you can in order to support Gary and his family at this difficult time.

Please see below Gary's words:

Working as a firefighter for 29 years, I have always been extremely fit and healthy, often cycling or even running the 10 mile journey to work and regularly playing golf.
Therefore, when I was diagnosed in October last year with a terrible debilitating disease – Motor Neurone Disease I was utterly devastated. It is a rare condition that only affects 1 in 50,000 people and causes muscles to waste and die.
I had been having symptoms for much longer, since 2016, which started as a slight slurring of my speech which in time has led onto swallowing problems too as well as excruciating cramps and twitching all over my body. Today, my throat muscles have deteriorated to the point that it is now difficult to communicate, eat and drink. I will soon have to have a feeding tube fitted as I will no longer be able to chew or swallow.
More recently my legs and hands have become affected, making walking difficult and stairs a problem. This will only keep getting worse as there is no treatment or cure. We are now looking to convert our garage to house a downstairs toilet, wet room and bedroom as we currently don’t have any downstairs facilities.
I have had amazing support from my fiancee Cheryl, family, friends and colleagues in Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service/.
Thank you
Gary Bowcock

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198

  • Sian Arrowsmith

    Sian Arrowsmith

    Aug 3, 2018

    £30.00

  • Derek Dawson

    Derek Dawson

    Aug 1, 2018

    Guess this will top it ~ very best wishes Gary

    £192.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 1, 2018

    From all who attended The Charity Football Match

    £1,678.88

  • Jennifer Hyett

    Jennifer Hyett

    Aug 1, 2018

    Gary, wishing you and your family the very best for the future.

    £20.00

  • Louise Poole

    Louise Poole

    Jul 29, 2018

    £20.00

  • Natalie Matthews

    Natalie Matthews

    Jul 28, 2018

    Hope you reach the target soon.

    £10.00

  • simon barry

    simon barry

    Jul 27, 2018

    All the best in meeting the target

    £10.00

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Rob Barber

Rob Barber

Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Friends at Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service are raising funds to assist Crew Manager Gary Bowcock at this difficult time as he faces an aggressive form of Motor Neurone Disease.

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