Dad’s weight loss joy for char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A KIND-HEARTED dad has shed a quar­ter of his body weight to thank a char­ity which helped his lit­tle girl.

Chris Wor­thing­ton, from Macclesfield, raised more than £500 for When You Wish Upon A Star, which sup­ported his daugh­ter Poppy’s battle with a brain tu­mour.

He achieved it by com­plet­ing the Manch­ester 10km in May.

His com­mit­ment to train­ing saw him drop from 19 stone to 14 stone in just a year.

It is the sec­ond fundrais­ing ef­fort Chris has em­barked on.

Two years ago the life­long Manch­ester City fan made head­lines by rais­ing £1,500 in spon­sor­ship to have a Manch­ester United tat­too on his arm.

Chris, 46, said he was mo­ti­vated from that fundrais­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

He said: “Two years ago I joked that I got the tat­too be­cause I couldn’t run a marathon.

“Then I saw peo­ple were run­ning marathons for the same char­ity I was sup­port­ing, and thought, I should do some­thing like that.”

Chris fol­lowed the popular train­ing app Couch-to-5km and he saw the weight drop off.

He said: “I’ve lev­elled out now but I feel and look like a dif­fer­ent per­son.

“I run ev­ery day if I can and feel an­noyed if I don’t get out for some ex­er­cise. It’s such a change from what I was like be­fore.”

With his first 10km done Chris is now set­ting his sights on a marathon.

Chris, a cus­tody of­fi­cer for the im­mi­gra­tion ser­vice, has also kept the tat­too but re­cently added to it.

He said: “I had thought about get­ting it cov­ered up, but then I re­alised that I did it for a good rea­son and it’s im­por­tant to be re­minded of that.

“I’ve had the tat­tooist add the char­ity’s logo and some pop­pies to make it look a bit nicer.”

You can spon­sor Chris at www.just­giv­ing.com/ Chris-Wor­thing­ton5

●● Chris Wor­thing­ton with Poppy af­ter the Manch­ester 10k

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