A councillor who has shed 100lbs over the past year celebrated his weight loss achievement by swimming 100 lengths to raise cash for charity.
Cllr Adam Henley, who represents the Queensway ward on Wellingborough Council, took part in the swimathon at the Waendel Leisure Centre on Friday, April 26, to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
He has raised more than his £750 target for the charity, and his employer Barclays Bank has agreed to match that figure, taking the total amount he has raised to more than £1,500.
Cllr Henley completed his mammoth swim in the respectable time of 88 minutes, although he said recent campaigning in the run up to this week’s elections had taken its toll and affected his time.
He said: “It was a good experience. I swam 100 lengths in 88 minutes, which is a little slower than I have been doing in training but it’s been a long election.
“I did the first 50 in 41 minutes but cramp starting kicking in and the last 50 lengths hurt quite a lot. It was a bit painful.
“I would like to thank all those who sponsored me and am thrilled to have raised over £750 so far.
“Work is matching the first £750 pound for pound so I am hoping the £1,500 helps make a difference to Marie Curie”
Cllr Henley, 39, attends Slimming World classes at Redwell School on Monday evenings.
He has lost more than 7.5 stone, or 100lbs, since last March and the swimathon was anopportunity for him to celebrate that achievement at the same time as raising cash for charity.
He says the Slimming World weight loss plan has fit in well with his busy schedule of work and council duties, resulting in his weight loss success.
He said: “It gives me a better lifestyle. I feel immeasurably better.
“It’s a big achievement but I’ve still got a long way to go, I’m still a work in progress. I hope to lose another 100lbs.”
Cllr Henley plans to continue his fitness efforts when he takes part in the Waendel Walk which takes place on Saturday, May 11.