I want to help char­i­ties that gave me my life back

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Ai­dan Bar­low

A di­a­betic parish coun­cil clerk has shed more than 12 stone and now hopes to raise thou­sands of pounds in a char­ity swimathon.

Len Bunn, 70, is at­tempt­ing the Swim 22 chal­lenge, where he will take to the wa­ter to swim 22 miles be­fore Sun­day, May 22.

He has was di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes 11 years ago which meant need­ing reg­u­lar hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments and get­ting around in a mo­bil­ity scooter.

How­ever, he says thanks to char­i­ties such as Di­a­betes UK, the Paula Carr Di­a­betic Cen­tre and the Chelsea and West­min­ster Hos­pi­tal he has lost 12 stone and is now a reg­u­lar swim­mer, and he no longer needs hos­pi­tal check-ups.

He said: “For the past five years the Chelsea & West­min­ster Hos­pi­tal have been mon­i­tor­ing my progress as this is where the se­lected sur­geons are based.

“My monthly check-ups have now just been ter­mi­nated and, for the first time in 11 years, I no longer have any more hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments and my weight has sta­bilised

“I was com­pletely im­mo­bile, but I’ve had some op­er­a­tions and now I’m up and walk­ing again with­out a mo­bil­ity scooter.

“I feel it is right to give some­thing back to the char­i­ties be­cause of what they have done for me, they have given me my life back.

“When I told my fam­ily I about this they were at first aghast, but they are now very sup­port­ive and re­ally on side.”

Mr Bunn, who works as Kingsnorth Parish Coun­cil clerk, is com­plet­ing the swimathon at the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel leisure cen­tre.

He aims to raise £2,000 for Di­a­betes UK, and has so far reached £704.

To find out more or to spon­sor him, visit www. just­giv­ing.com/Len-Bunn.

Pic­ture: Wayne McCabe FM4227854

Kingsnorth Parish Coun­cil clerk Len Bunn is start­ing a swimathon for Di­a­betes UK

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