Long Sutton man takes on 'Fen Fat Man Challenge' for good cause
A Long Sutton man is taking part in a challenge to lose weight while raising funds for a cause close to his heart.
Rick White, of Rick Henry Scaffolding, is pushing himself with his own ‘Fen Fat Man Challenge’ to lose at least two stone before Christmas.
Rick decided to challenge himself following a health scare which nearly cost him his life.
He said: “Five years ago I nearly died. Although the hospital never fully diagnosed what was wrong, we believe it was mercury poisoning due to a cracked filling in my tooth.
“It was horrific – they pumped me full of steroids and my weight went up from about 13 and a half stone to 19 stone with no explanation.”
Thankfully, Rick has made a recovery and is now boxing with a punch bag every day for 30 seconds.
However, his weight loss challenge has already run up against an obstacle.
He said: “I actually started the challenge at 18 stone and 8lbs but in June I ended up in Addenbrookes Hospital on a drip.
“I had a routine check up booked in but the day before I had been sat in a tractor with windows which didn’t want to open – and it was a hot day.
“Addenbrookes called me back in after my check up to say that my kidneys weren’t functioning quite right.
“It turned out I had dehydrated myself in the tractor!”
Due to his time on the intravenous drip, Rick gained some weight and weighed in at 19 stone 4lbs.
But this setback has only spurred him on to lose the weight even more. So far, Rick’s fundraising page has already pushed past £1,000 – and it’s all going to a cause which means a lot to him.
He said: “I’m raising money for the Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Trust.
“I thought the world of my mother in law and she died of MSA.
“She died before I got a chance to see her one last time.
“I want to get as much money for the charity as possible.”
MSA is a rare progressive neurological disorder which around 3,300 people in the UK and Ireland currently live with.
The charity supports those affected by MSA and works to raise awareness and increase understanding of the disorder while working to find a cure.
Rick has been surprised by how much he has enjoyed the challenge so far.
He said: “I have got my own recipes to have a go at and I’m actually enjoying it. I’ve cut out all the rubbish and I’m not eating bread any more.
“I’d like to get to 15 or 14 and a half stone if I can. I’m going to keep punching that bag every day!
“This has completely changed my mindset and my life.”
To sponsor Rick, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-white56