Slimmer company boss Simon Young raises money for Sheffield children's hospice Bluebell Wood

The managing director of a Sheffield business has shed 19 pounds to raise money for a South Yorkshire hospice during lockdown.

Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 5:23 pm

Simon Young, managing director at motor software specialist FISC, set himself the challenge after much of his colleagues’ planned fundraising activity was curtailed when lockdown began.

The team at FISC, of Kettlebridge Road, chose Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston as their charity of the year in January, and planned a summer of fundraising.

Father-of-one Simon said: “My colleagues and I had the privilege of visiting Bluebell Wood in February and were absolutely bowled over by what they charity does and how they do it.

Simon Young after his sponsored weight loss for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, Sheffield

“Once lockdown began, I was determined to do something with the extra time I’d gained by not having to commute every day.

“I decided if I advertise what I’m doing to my colleagues, we’d be able to raise money for Bluebell Wood as well as keeping me on the straight and narrow.

“So once I’d committed to my 19lb target I wasn’t in a position to change my mind!”

Simon’s colleagues pledged £370 to help him reach his goal, so there was no turning back.

Simon Young before his weight loss

Starting out his new regime of walking, cycling and eating healthier in April when he weighed just more than 17st, he hit his target in the first week of July.

Simon said: “Once you get going you really start to build a momentum, and I was giving regular updates to my team to let them know how I was getting on,” he said.

“I have to say that it really has made a difference, I feel infinitely better as a result.

“My advice to anyone looking to lose weight would be – don’t diet in silence.

"People really do get behind you and it’s a fantastic motivator.”

Rachael Dawes, hospice corporate fundraising manager, said: “We’d like to say thank you to Simon and the team at FISC for all their support in these uncertain times.

“It was brave of Simon to undertake his challenge under the scrutiny of his colleagues and we take our hats off to him.

“Each and every penny we raise makes a huge difference to local children and families who need our help more than ever right now.”

Sign up to Bluebell Wood’s #LetsPledge campaign at blu ebellwood.org