A Preston man who has discovered his new found fitness is set to tackle the London Marathon.Advertisement
Andrew Watson has lost four stone over the last 18 months and has decided to put his new healthy lifestyle to good use by taking on the long-distance running event.
He will be running the marathon to raise money for the charity Sense, who support people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments and complex needs.
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Andrew, from Grimsargh, decided to loose weight after seeing photo’s of himself at a fancy dress party, and decided to download the ‘My Fitness Pal’ app and started calorie counting.
This made him realise how he was neglecting his diet and what alternatives he could have instead of higher calorie foods.
Andrew said: “My family tend to get together on a Sunday and each year for about three years, whilst watching the marathon, my niece asked me if I’ll do it with her.
“Each year I told her that if she starts running, we will apply and she never stated running, until this year!
“We started that weekend and applied in April -We didn’t get a ballot place so applied to a few charities.
“I received a call from Sense to ask if I’d run for their charity.
“I’d applied to Sense for a number of reasons; I’ve a family history of deafness, my dad and grandparents are deaf and I grew up spending time with the patients on the deaf unit at Whittingham Hospital.
“I’m deaf myself, have some deaf friends and I’ve worked myself supporting adults who are deaf with additional needs.
“Sense do some amazing work with people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments and complex needs.
“They work with people of all ages, essentially trying to ensure they are as included in society as possible.
“I would really appreciate even the smallest donation and I know that Sense would be equally appreciative.”
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You can sponsor Andrew in his challenge by donating to his Just Giving page.
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