A Bromsgrove-based area manager is taking part in his first ever sporting event by signing up for the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run on 18th October, following a five stone weight loss.
Andy Wilson, 42, weighed 18 stone when he decided to change to a healthier lifestyle and get fit.
He joined a gym three years ago, changed to a healthier diet, and gradually started to lose weight.
Andy explained: “To be honest I was worried the weight would start creeping back on and I wanted a challenge to keep me focused. I'm not really a runner so this is very much a new test of endurance for me. “
He is fundraising for Birmingham's Children's Hospital after his seven-year-old daughter was treated there was a minor ailment last year.
Andy added: “It's a cause close to my heart. The nurses there are absolutely lovely and they do such a good job – I can't think of a better institution I would want to raise funds for.”
He is training regularly outdoors and in the gym, and is tackling two short runs and one long session a week.
He has not set a particular target but hopes to raise as much as he can.
To donate to Andy's cause, please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/andywilson-truffleshuffle
To enter the run, please visit: www.greatrun.org/Birmingham