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A man who is learning to walk again after being diagnosed with a rare condition will be taking on a fundraising challenge to thank the people who have helped him.

Paul Matthews (48), of Pinchbeck, was suddenly struck down in the summer with Functional Movement Disorder (FMD) but this will not stop him from raising money for Stamford Hospital’s physiotherapy team by walking this weekend.

Functional Movement Disorder is a neurological condition which affects the brain and prevents the body functioning as it should.

Paul and Claire Matthews with their sons at their Pinchbeck home (52771482)
Paul and Claire Matthews with their sons at their Pinchbeck home (52771482)

Paul can now slowly walk short distances and also suffers from chronic fatigue but is determined to make his way between West Marsh Road and The Moorings pub in Commercial Road from 1pm on Saturday, November 6.

Supportive wife Claire (40) is hoping that people will come along to cheer Paul on as he makes his way along the route.

She said: “Paul is determined to get to the finish line.

“He can walk for a bit very slowly so we think it will take an hour and a half.

“Paul wants to do something to help the hospital as they are helping him to get back on his feet.

“We would like to thank family and friends for their support since June.”

Paul, who is a self-employed industrial cleaner, was unable to walk after collapsing in June.

After numerous tests Paul was eventually diagnosed with FMD.

Claire said: “He could feel the bottom of his feet. They diagnosed Paul by checking his nerves which showed that he can feel.

“We had never heard of FMD before and we think it needs more recognition.

“They described his condition as his brain being like a buffering computer. His brain is not sending the correct signals.

“He has a long way to go but he has a positive attitude.”

Paul was then referred to the physiotherapy department at Stamford Hospital which have helped him to take his first steps along with a series of exercises.

The couple has also thanked Probodies Gym in Spalding who have also supported Paul with one to one gym

She said: “Paul started to walk short distances with crutches a month ago.

“He could walk backwards and sideways but could not go forwards and his balance is not co-ordinated.

“Paul has to think about every step he takes.”

The condition has also left Paul with chronic fatigue but Claire says this is also improving.

Paul is preparing for Saturday’s walk and motorists in the Two Bridges area are asked to be patient with road crossings. He will be supported by Claire along with their sons Tommy (15) and Harvey (12). Their eldest son Bradley (21) is also hoped to be there on the day.

Paul has also thanked The Moorings for accomodating the walkers on Saturday and for their offer to provide food.

The family is hoping to raise £1,000 for the hospital. If you would like to support please go to the Get Paul Walking Further page on the Go Fund Me website.

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