BY LINDA FOO GUEST
A WIRRAL man has been training hard to shed the weight so he can complete a series of fundraisers in memory of his mum.
Geoff Middleton has spent the past year striving to lose over four stone and get fit again.
Now the 45-year-old from Eastham is back on top form as he embarks on a number of challenges this year to raise money Macmillan Cancer Research in honour of his mum Joyce.
She died of pancreatic cancer when Geoff was just 11.
He said: “I am now 45, and always wanted to do something that I think my mum would be proud of.
“I’ve never forgotten our time together and she will always remain in my heart.
“I use to cuddle up to her, and we would watch the TV soaps together while she knitted. I’m still a soap addict now.
“She was loved by many, and was the most loving and kindest person you could wish for.
“Doing this fundraising challenge is helping me to gain closure as I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. I miss her and it never goes away.”
Before doing his fitness regime Geoff weighed 17 stone, and now is a svelte 12 stone 6 pounds.
This was achieved with the help from his personal trainer Sam Evans – who is doing the year-long challenge with him.
Geoff added: “My health was very poor. My job as an IT consultant allowed me to sit down all day and I piled on the pounds.
“I was always a sporty person when I was younger. I just got in a rut.
“After losing four stone and gaining my health back with the help of Sam, I started setting myself goals in order to raise money for Macmillan.
“Sam has been absolutely brilliant in getting me fit again.
“Last January I weighed 17 stone, and had high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia and my asthma was really bad. Now I don’t use an my inhaler at all, and all my health problems have gone away.
“It was all down to my lifestyle and I was very depressed. There were times when I thought about ending it all.
“Sam went the extra mile. He helped me with not only my training but also get my head back in the right place.
“He is now a good friend, and has even taken on my other half Deborah and she has also lost over four stone.”
Sam and Geoff are starting the year’s fundraising this Saturday (February 1) by spinning on a bike for 12-hours in Asda Bromborough.
While the boys will be working up a marathon sweat, there will be volunteers doing a bag pack at the checkouts. Balloons will be given away and silicone bands on sale.
Geoff said: “Sam and I are going to organise other events after in the coming months, and this will lead up to our main event of cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats in just nine days.
“This means cycling more than 100 miles a day, which will agree will be a tough challenge.
“I am excited, but also very nervous.”
Sam and Geoff have a £10,000 target. Donate to Geoff’s cause at https://macmillan.tributefunds.com/JoyceMiddleton