HITTING 40 is never easy, especially when you’re tipping the scales at 16st.
So that’s why father-of-two Andy Hastilow decided to trim up by running the London Marathon – and help a children’s charity at the same time.
Andy, from Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville, is the operations director for Stannah Stairlift and he was inspired to help Caudwell Children by the work done by disability organisations he works alongside.
The charity provides specialist equipment, treatment and therapy to children with serious medical conditions and dream holidays for families of children with terminal illnesses.
He said: ‘Through my work for Stannah Stairlift I have close connections with the disability industry and as a parent I was profoundly moved by the work of Caudwell Children and wanted to help.
‘I was really getting into my running at the time and doing the London Marathon seemed like the ultimate challenge.
‘When I found out the charity had places I knew I had to take the leap to marathon distance.
‘Signing up has provided me with massive amounts of motivation and I hope to complete the run in less than four hours, which considering I was 16 stone 18 months ago isn’t bad.’
Through his training Andy has already managed to shed four stone. He is now feeling so fit he aims to complete the 26 mile April marathon in less than four hours. He added: ‘Now I’ve got the weight off this is a target to keep me on my toes.
‘I feel really good now. Much, much better than when I was bigger. When you’re about to hit 40 you feel a lot of pressure –making sure you’re fit and you’re blood pressure is OK. And fortunately I got the bug for running.’
Andy is hoping to raise over £2,000 through sponsorship.
Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children, said: ‘The London Marathon is a huge challenge to take on and we are incredibly thankful that Andy has chosen to raise funds for Caudwell Children.
‘It’s thanks to the determination and dedication of individuals like Andy that we are able to help change the lives of so many disabled children.
‘We would urge people to support Andy’s endeavour and help him in his quest to help the lives of others.’
Anyone wishing to support Andy should visit justgiving.com/Andy-Hastilow or call Caudwell Children on 01782 600435.