Bexhill family thanks anonymous £1k donation to get Neil walking

Neil Jenkins. Photo courtesy of Geraldine Jenkins SUS-170228-093927001
Neil Jenkins. Photo courtesy of Geraldine Jenkins SUS-170228-093927001
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The family of a Bexhill father with multiple sclerosis wish to thank the anonymous donor who slipped £1,000 through the letter box to help pay for his vital treatment.

Geraldine Jenkins and her children have been tirelessly fundraising for her husband Neil to receive life-changing care in Israel since August.

Neil Jenkins with his children Maggie, Dylan, Esme and Ewan. Photo courtesy of Geraldine Jenkins SUS-170228-094230001

Neil Jenkins with his children Maggie, Dylan, Esme and Ewan. Photo courtesy of Geraldine Jenkins SUS-170228-094230001

The fund was boosted after £1,000 in cash was posted to their Amherst Road home at around 3am on Tuesday, February 21, with no clue as to who the mystery donation was from.

Geraldine said the family is overwhelmed by their generosity and wanted to thank them to let them know how much it means.

“It’s such a large amount of money to put through the letter box, especially in cash. If I met them I would say a very big thank you,” she said.

“I wouldn’t really know what to say as it’s quite overwhelming to get such an amount suddenly.”

Neil Jenkins with family outside Music's Not Dead in Bexhill, where he loves to see live music. Photo courtesy of Geraldine Jenkins SUS-170228-093916001

Neil Jenkins with family outside Music's Not Dead in Bexhill, where he loves to see live music. Photo courtesy of Geraldine Jenkins SUS-170228-093916001

Neil, 44, used to work as a BT engineer but had to retire four years ago as the MS symptoms made him unable to work, having started on Christmas Eve, 2010.

He can no longer walk and the treatment his family are after, Haematopeitic Stem Cell Treatment, is not available in the UK for wheelchair-bound MS patients.

However the Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel, offers HSCT for non-walking patients like Neil, which may stop or even reverse the MS symptoms.

The family has been raising money to pay for the £90,000 treatment for months and is currently on £12,500 thanks to the generosity of family, friends and strangers, such as the anonymous donor last week.

Although grateful for the donation, Geraldine does feel a bit uneasy about the mysteriousness of it all.

“We’ve been getting quite a lot of donations but to suddenly get that, it makes you wonder who it is and why couldn’t they tell us? It’s just a mystery,” she said.

Geraldine has been posting regular updates on the gofundme page, the latest of which told donors Neil had successfully undergone surgery which allows him to eat through a tube, which will give him more strength.

If Neil deteriorates too far before the £90,000 is raised, the money will go towards making him comfortable at home.

For more information on Neil’s situation or to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/getneilwalking.

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