Auctioneer Tony to shed lots of weight
A RADCLIFFE businessman has been inspired by his daughter-in-law to shed a quarter of his body weight.
Tony Shepherd, aged 57, was 20 stone when he started eating healthily and going to the gym eight weeks ago.
He has already dropped two-and-a-half stones and has set himself a goal of reaching 15st by Christmas Day.
Mr Shepherd, a bailiff and auctioneer who runs AD Shepherd & Son on Bealey Industrial Estate, is taking on the challenge to raise money for Leukaemia And Lymphoma Research.
His daughter-in-law, Andrea Shepherd, aged 32, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia last year and is still undergoing treatment.
He said: “When I found out my daughter-in-law was ill, I decided I wanted to do something.
“Somebody mentioned something about my weight and I decided I would lose it.
“It would help me and raise money for people with leukaemia.
“I announced it at a live auction and wrote to my clients, so I can’t get out of it now.”
Mr Shepherd has been following the Slimming World diet and exercising several times a week at Stables Health And Leisure Club, at Bolholt Country Park Hotel in Walshaw.
And if he reaches his goal, he is considering taking part in the London Marathon to raise money for a mental health charity in memory of his daughter, Michelle, who died last year.
Mr Shepherd, of Crosby Road, Radcliffe, said: “The first bit is always easy, it’s the last bit which gets harder.
“I want to do it, but it is hard.
“I can’t just go home and go to the chippy if I’m late; I have to cook something.
“At least every other night I’m at the gym for two hours exercising.
“It’s doing me well though.
“Even though it’s a lot of effort to get it done, in the long run it’s only going to benefit me and the charity. I feel 100 times better already.”
Supporting him is Andrea, of Greenhill Road, Bury, who said: “I think it’s really good that he’s wanting to support a worthwhile charity.
“It means a lot to me.
“I didn’t realise how important it is to raise money for research.
“Things have come on with cancer and the research for it.
“When someone hears the word ‘cancer’, they automatically think the worst, but there is treatment out there now.”
To sponsor Mr Shepherd: go to www.justgiving.com/leukimiea-shepherds or text FAUC99 + £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.
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