A man who lost eight stone in less than a year following his father’s death has now raised more than £10,000 for children with cancer.
Over the past four years Adrian Stohr, 40, of Sudbury, has raised the money via a number of fundraising events. Mr Stohr has run the London Marathon for the past four years and the Great North Run in 2014 and 2015.
He has also held two charity balls, including one earlier this month which raised an additional £2,455.
Just weeks after his father’s death from a diabetic condition in 2012, Mr Stohr was diagnosed as clinically obese and warned he could die if he didn’t change his lifestyle. The warning sparked Mr Stohr to embark on a punishing exercise and diet schedule which saw him lose eight stone in weight.
His remarkable transformation saw him complete the London Marathon in April 2013. Mr Stohr’s story captured the imagination of the media and the BBC has featured his training and fundraising activities on a number of occasions.
Once achieving his weight loss aims, Mr Stohr decided he wanted to raise money for a good cause, and as a father of three, decided to raise money Children with Cancer UK.
Mr Stohr said: “I am so pleased to have broken the £10,000 mark which was my aim when I started my fundraising activities. The latest ball at the Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa was a fantastic success and was attended by more than 100 people.
“We raised £900 alone from a raffle with prizes donated from business around the Sudbury area, so a big thank you goes to them.
“My aim now is to continue my fundraising activities and see where it takes me. I have already started planning for the next charity ball which will be the biggest and best yet.”