A grandad who has Multiple Sclerosis has taken on a sponsored silence challenge lasting 28 days to raise money for charity.
Michael Davies was only 28-years-old when he was diagnosed with the condition, which affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of symptoms including problems with muscle movement, balance and vision.
MS has left Michael (54) with difficulty walking and he now needs to use a wheelchair.
However, despite the challenges of the condition, the dad-of-four tries to remain positive and decided to take on the sponsored silence for Revive MS Support, based in Maryhill.
As part of the challenge, Michael is allowed to speak for just one hour a day, and has developed new ways of communicating with his family, including using an app to pre-record conversations.
The former salesman – who once travelled throughout Scotland and Europe – said: “I’ve been talking incessantly for 35 years, so this seemed like a good challenge and a bit of respite.
“Doing it for a day would be too easy. I’m determined to do it.”
It was while playing for West of Scotland Rugby Club that Michael – who lives in Torrance – first became disorientated and went to hospital where further tests were carried out.
He added: “At the end of five days, I was told that I had MS.
“I was told there was nothing they could do for me and to go away. I was in total disbelief.”
More than 10,000 people in Scotland (one in 500) have MS – the highest prevalence of any country in the world.
Revive MS Support provides vital therapy, advice and support to people who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the heart of communities across the West of Scotland.
Michael found out about the charity and has been attending the centre for aromatherapy, reflexology, physiotherapy and psychology for the past 25 years.
He added: “It’s made coping with MS a lot easier.
“Every time you go there you can have a cup of tea, some lunch and get treatment. I’ve met a lot of other people.”
Michael started the challenge on April 1.
If you would like to support Michael, you can sponsor him by visiting his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/michael-davies17