WHEN Chris Locke’s beloved little sister was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis his immediate thought was that he wanted to help her in any way he could.
The 23-year-old accountant led a sedentary life, and rarely did any exercise.
So he hit upon the idea of changing his life around to help 19-year-old Hannah.
And in one year he is aiming to cover 2,000 miles with marathons, triathlons and bike rides to raise £5,000 for the MS Society.
He has been getting up at 5.30am six days a week to go running or cycling in order to complete his challenge.
He’s also taking part in a number of organised events including races around Europe with the Paris marathon, Berlin marathon and Blenheim Palace triathlon on his list.
Chris, of Redwing Road, Clanfield, said: ‘Hannah had been to the doctors a number of times over the years. It was during an eye test that an optician thought there might be a problem.
‘She was referred for an MRI scan and diagnosed with MS when she was 17.
‘She’s fine most of the time, but if she’s ill or stressed her symptoms, such as vision and balance problems, become apparent.
‘It’s brought our family closer together.’
Chris lost four stone following his sister’s diagnosis, admitting he was a 17st couch potato.
He said: ‘It felt a bit silly me being massively overweight when she could not do things that I could, and yet I chose not to do them.
‘I’ve never been sporty at all but this made me totally change my diet and exercise and now I’m just under 13st.’
Since Hannah’s diagnosis the pair have been on holidays together, including a sunshine break to New York because vitamin D is good for MS sufferers.
More than 100,000 people are living with MS in the UK.
Most people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s.
MS is unpredictable. One day you can be fine, the next you might lose your sight or be unable to move.
You can sponsor Chris by going to justgiving.com/2000in1.
For more information about the MS Society go to mssociety.org.uk.