A man from Maidenbower who was shocked into losing weight by his doctor last year will take part in a charity trek in Peru next year.
Andrew Newson has shifted eight and a half stone by following the Slimming World diet and is now in training for the ten day challenge raising funds for the Springboard charity, which helps disadvantaged young people.
It is something he would never have considered before he joined the Maidenbower Slimming World group 18 months ago.
He said: “The turning point for me was Friday, June 13 2014, when I visited our family doctor. If I didn’t do something I was at risk of developing heart disease, having a stroke, and developing Type 2 Diabetes.
“The next day, Saturday, June 14 I joined my local Slimming World group, and started my first journey. Through support and encouragement this group has helped me to lose just under eight stone (51Kg).
“I would like the trip to Peru, to be my second journey. I think this is a once in a life time opportunity and would be a suitable celebration for me in my 30th year working at Nestlé.”
Once not able to jog a few metres, he is now regularly going on 10km runs, 25km cycle rides and swimmming all in preparation for the trip, which will see him see him trek for up to nine hours each day in the lakes and mountains of Peru.
He added: “I think my new found fitness, allied to my spiritual journey, coupled with my personal values as a husband, father, and grandfather mean this would be a life changing event for me, which would allow me to experience a different culture, expand my horizons, and make a lasting difference in this community in Peru.”
Springboard helps young people achieve their potential, relieve unemployment and helps the disadvantaged into a brighter future in the hospitality industry.
The trip will also include working on the charity’s community project to bring sustainable energy to a remote Peruvian school.
Anne Pierce, chief executive of Springboard said: “The story of Andrew’s journey is awe inspiring and to play a part in the achievement of his final goal is a privilege. Already he has surpassed his fundraising target and has approached the whole thing with the same grit and determination as he did his approach to his weight loss. I think the whole experience and the emotion of being involved in the community project at a remote school in the Andes to give them the gift of light at night, will be a lasting memory and make it all doubly worthwhile.”
To sponsor him go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndrewNewson3
For more information about Slimming World go to www.slimmingworld.co.uk
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