A CHEDDLETON woman who has lost four stones and two-and-a-half pounds in 12 month is to take up the challenge of the BUPA Manchester 10k to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Pat Bentley, pictured, aged 64, hopes to raise £500 by taking part in the event on Sunday, May 26.
In 2011 Pat won a volunteer award for her work with the Alzheimer's Society and attended a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
She said: “I decided to take part in the challenge for the Alzheimer’s Society because I feel passionately that much more should be done to support people with dementia and their families and carers.
"Dementia is still the Cinderella when it comes to giving and Government spending, despite a growing increase in awareness.
“I have never before wanted to take part in any sort of run and if you had told me I would be doing this I would have thought you were mad.
“I had been thinking about trying to lose weight for a while, but could not get the right head on.
“The push I needed came when I had a well women check and I was told I was clinically obese, and although I do not thankfully have any other health problems associated with being fat, I decided it was time to do something."
During the last 12 months Pat has gone from 14 stones and one-and-a-half pounds to nine stone 13lbs.
She added: “I look at my grandsons and cannot believe that I have lost their bodyweight.
“I am heavily involved with the Alzheimer's Society so it was a natural choice to raise money for them. It also coincides with Dementia Awareness Week (May 19-25).”