taxi driver's slimming fundraiser helps buy vital medication
kind-hearted Burnham-On-Sea taxi driver has raised hundreds of
pounds of cash towards vital medication for a local Tuberous Sclerosis
sufferer by undertaking a weight loss challenge.
Bone has completed a sponsored 12-week weight loss programme in
which lost 15 and a half pounds and raised £330 for local
sufferer Charlie Mander, 25.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I used to drive Charlie to Bridgwater
College in my taxi and wanted to help him because he's been very
has a tumour growing on his kidney, and suffers from Tuberous
Sclerosis and epilepsy, and needs special medication not available
through NHS funding."
treatment is expensive and will cost thousands of pounds, but
is so important to helping him."
told his mum, Jean, that I wanted to help. And because I also
wanted to lose weight I decided to go ahead with a weight-loss
found a trainer, Michelle Gibbs, who has been really superb in
giving me lots of very useful dietary advice and weighing me every
added that she's really "chuffed to bits" to have raised
the funds towards the cost and thanked all those who have sponsored
her. Jean has passed on her thanks for the suppoort.
Jean Mander with Charlie, taxi driver Denise Bone and her trainer
Michelle Gibbs at the cheque handover (pic Mike Lang)