When Andy Thompson vowed to lose weight and run a marathon to honour his former boss, he knew his biggest challenge would be passing up on pudding.
But a year on and four stones lighter, the Marsham Court Hotel manager and self-confessed ‘sugar junkie’ is fighting fit and preparing to take part in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival.
Andy explained: “My former boss Jennie Deavin died following a valiant, five-year battle with cancer in April 2017 and in her last days and months she and her family received huge help from the local charity Macmillan Caring Locally.
“Jennie was an amazing lady, she gave me my break into hospitality, nurtured my career and inspired me every day with dedication in all she did. I was desperate to lose weight and get fit and running the marathon for the charity which helped her so much was the biggest challenge to give myself, so I took the plunge and signed up.
“Of course I didn’t count on just how hard it would be to cut out many of the foods I love, like cake and puddings, especially when our chef team makes the most amazing desserts,” he added.
“But despite the cruel temptations that they lay in my way daily, I managed to cut right down and am now my leanest and fittest for years.”
Andy will join hundreds of runners taking part in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival during the weekend of Oct 6-7 and hopes to raise £1000 through sponsorship for Macmillan Caring Locally.
The local charity, not to be confused with the national charity Macmillan Cancer Support, is asking people to support its Brick by Brick appeal, which is just over halfway to raising £10million to build a new, Macmillan, palliative care unit, at Christchurch Hospital.
The charity’s Capital Appeals Director, Lin Sharp said: “Having a sweet tooth myself I am full of admiration for what Andy has achieved. He looks amazing and we are so grateful to him. We hope the marathon’s spectators will give him a lot of support as he tackles this mammoth challenge.”
Andy can still be sponsored at: https://www.justgiving.com
For a copy of the Macmillan Caring Locally Brick by Brick appeal fundraising handbook, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture caption: CAT THAT GOT THE CREAM: Justifiably smug Marsham Court Hotel manager Andy Thompson has lost four stones despite the best efforts of the hotel’s chefs including Tony Shepard.
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