Urmston’s Rick King is taking on the ‘Three Stone Challenge’ to raise funds for Sepsis UK .
Rick, who lost his mother to the condition is not only trying to raise awareness of this cause but is also going to step back in to the boxing ring, after his weight loss challenge, for the first time in many years.
He said: “I am doing the ‘Three Stone Challenge’ and climbing back into the ring one last time. I am 47 years old now and a former North West amateur champion and an ABA finalist. I lost my mum, last year to sepsis and cancer”.
“My mum was a fantastic person who worked for forty years as an NHS nurse and a Matron. Her name was Christine King and she loved her job and just loved helping people even when she was ill she would help neighbours who were ill”.
“My Mum was diagnosed with cancer for the third time last year but then went on to develop Sepsis. She sadly passed away three days later, showing just how quickly Sepsis gets into your system. If not diagnosed quickly it can be too late! I have watched videos of families who have lost loved ones both young and old, even children, so I wanted to do something about it and help to raise money. So that’s why I am making people aware and raising money for Sepsis UK ”.
Rick has gained weight since he stopped boxing and weighed around 15 stone. He decided to do the challenge and lose three stone and then get back into the ring as a ‘Winter Challenge’ and in memory of his Mum, Christine.
Rick continued: “I recently went through a cancer scare myself and I also suffer from depression and anxiety but one morning something just clicked in me and so I decided to raise money for Sepsis UK ”.
“I am currently on track to lose 3 stone as I now weigh 12 stone 10 pound. It finishes at the end of February and you would like to kindly support my efforts you can do so by donating on my just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rick-kings-3-stone-challenge or you can click on my Facebook page which is ‘Rick King’”. “Fingers crossed I will get there and help support this very worthy cause”.
Rick has recorded videos of his ‘weigh in’s’ and his training regime which he has done in all conditions, rain, wind, ice and snow.
He has already reached his initial target of £350 and is now pushing for £500 or even more!