Added on: 11th July, 2018 by News2210
A TEAM member from a local opticians has raised more than £600 for a weight loss charity after climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks, 400% over his original target.
Neil Stevens, who works as a dispensing optician at Specsavers in Shipley, successfully completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge to raise money for national charity Weight Loss Surgery Information and Support.
An organisation close to his heart, Neil recently lost over eight stone since undergoing a gastrectomy – otherwise known as a gastric sleeve, in July 2017. During the process they provided Neil with vital support that many are unaware is needed when undergoing surgery.
Talking of his feat, Neil said: ‘Completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks was certainly very hard at points, but I’m so glad I did it. It is a massive achievement that I would not have been able to do this time last year, and shows how far I’ve come in terms of weight as well as fitness and confidence.’
Money donated to WLSinfo will be used for both its support groups and to help members who have experienced loneliness and isolation whilst undergoing weight loss surgery. They also help members to understand what to expect and the outcome as a result, as well as offering support and friendship.
Bhrat Phakey, store director at Specsavers in Shipley, says: ‘As a store we are so proud of Neil for raising such a significant amount of money for a great cause. We’ve supported Neil since the start of his journey and applaud his determination and for giving back to a charity that helped him in the past.’