Big Roy takes on charity slimming challenge

Roy Samuels, from Strabane, who is planning to drop pounds in order to gain pounds for Age NI.
Roy Samuels, from Strabane, who is planning to drop pounds in order to gain pounds for Age NI.

A Strabane man has set himself the challenge of losing around 25% of his own body weight for charity.

Roy Samuels currently weighs in at 17st and is hoping to slim down to around 13 stone, while raising pounds in the process for Age NI.

Roy, who works for Allstate Northern Ireland in the town, said he thought it would be a good idea to combine the personal and charity challenges.

He said: “Having been a sporty type for most of my life, I’ve always been fit and healthy often riding to and from college or work in the rain, snow and storm.

“However, when I had a serious sports injury a couple of years ago, things changed. It was a long and difficult road to recovery and although I was given every opportunity to heal, my health was never the same. I struggled to manage my health and weight.

“For most of my adult life, I’ve been around 13st. I’m currently 17st and my aim is to get back to 13st which is within my normal, healthy weight range.’

Roy said he had chosen to support Age NI as he believed that “having good health and wellbeing is essential to enjoying a long and fulfilling life”.

“Knowing that I’m doing this to help those who may not be enjoying later life as much as they should has given me a boost and a special focus to achieving my goal.”

Rosalind Cole, Age NI Community Fundraising Officer, said: “I’m delighted that Roy is taking part in his own slimming challenge for Age NI.

“I’m sure between his weight loss efforts and fundraising efforts he’ll motivate lots of people and raise vital funds for older people.”

Roy will be writing a blog about his journey and experiences, with a few hints and tips for anyone else taking a similar path.

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Older people in need of advice, information or practical support on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, community care, housing and health, can contact the Age NI Advice Service on Freephone 0808 808 7575 to speak to a specialist advisor in confidence.