Connor out to raise cash for research

Connor Glenton (12) of Leafield at Ashington has Narcolepsy and Cateplexyhe is raising much needed awareness and money for his charity Narcolepsy UK by assembling and customising two computers and raffling them off.
Connor Glenton (12) of Leafield at Ashington has Narcolepsy and Cateplexyhe is raising much needed awareness and money for his charity Narcolepsy UK by assembling and customising two computers and raffling them off.
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A YOUNGSTER suffering from a rare sleep disorder is using his computer know-how to raise funds for research into the condition.

Connor Glenton, of Leafield in Ashington, was diagnosed with narcolepsy and its sister condition cataplexy, a sudden weakening of the muscles, in January last year.

The 12-year-old suffers extreme daytime sleepiness and muscle weakness, triggering sleep attacks without any warning.

Connor is designing and building two computers using only donated parts to be raffled off in aid of Narcolepsy UK.

His dad John, 27, said: “Connor’s own computer was made completely with used donated parts. It was a great learning curve for him.

“Working on the build has helped significantly with his symptoms. He was completely focused. He put a lot of effort into perfecting his design.

“We are extremely proud of his efforts.”

Connor, a pupil at Hirst Park Middle School in Ashington, began to show symptoms of narcolepsy when he was ten, but it took a year for doctors to diagnose him.

The computers will be raffled off at http://uk.virginmoney giving.com/ConnorsBuild on Friday, August 31.