Tony is Tackling Ben Nevis for LifeCare!

LifeCare is embarking on a series of Challenge Events for the first time. We would like as many people as possible to join us on this exciting journey by fundraising on our behalf.

You can cycle in the moonlight on the Edinburgh Night Ride; trek to the Ben Nevis summit or test your endurance in the Reebok Spartan obstacle race.

Tony Akers, LifeCare Chef and Ben Nevis Trek Team Member
I have been a chef for 33 years and worked for CafeLife at LifeCare for 9 years. One of the pitfalls of being a chef is I have to try the food I make to make sure it is seasoned correctly and tastes good. So I have put on weight over the years!

I decided to take part in the Ben Nevis Trek Challenge in October for LifeCare. In order to prepare for this I have been walking with my wife Loraine and children every weekend. We’ve walked across the Pentland Hills, climbed Berwick Law and Arthur’s Seat together. I’ve also been playing walking football for over 50’s with a club on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A couple of the guys have even gone to the Scottish Championships at Stenhousemuir – I would like to get to that level one day.

I have joined a gym and have been going regularly for the last two months. My membership includes free personal training sessions so I have been having rigorous sessions with my personal trainer to prepare me for the trek.

Exercising regularly in preparation for the trek has changed my life. I was diagnosed with asthma two years, since I started exercising I noticed it hasn’t affected me. I have lost almost three stone in weight over the last year which has helped me feel a lot better physically. I am aiming to lose four stone in total. My wife Loraine has lost weight since regularly exercising too.

I am taking part in the trek with my colleagues Eddie Williams (Café/Venue Assistant) and Stephen Clarke (Business Relations Manager). I am hoping to raise between £500 and £1000 for LifeCare. I have hosted a number of foreign exchange students over the years. Many of them will help me fundraise by sharing the EveryDayHero donation page on social media. A few of the students who I have hosted are planning on travelling to the finish of the trek so they can cheer me on. We’re planning a big party at the end of the event.

You can be a local hero too.

Make a real difference, from trekking to running to cycling to swimming, support LifeCare today with our challenge events.