Baker Ben turns lbs into £s for his favourite cause

When keen cake-maker Ben Miller decided to try a new way of raising money for his favourite charity, he never dreamt he’d end up losing three stone in weight.

Ben’s latest challenge – to run 100 kilometres in a month – made the pounds fall off him and raised more than £1,000 for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

“I love baking but I definitely sampled too many of my own cakes last year and decided I needed to challenge myself in a different way,” says the Chelmsford Deputy Flow Leader, who didn’t get off to a great start.

“I went out for the first time on January 2 and barely made it to the end of the road. I was huffing and puffing and shocked by just how unfit I was. I thought I’d never do it.

“It was definitely a case of mind over matter. I persevered and now I look back at old photos of myself and can’t quite believe how much I’ve lost.”

Ben completely changed his diet, cutting out sugary foods and sticking to high protein meals, while building up to running around 25k a week by May when he reached his target.

“Two good things have come out of this: I’ve raised more money for a very good cause and I feel loads better, much fitter and healthier than ever before.

“I still enjoy the odd slice of cake but now I know I can burn off the extra calories by running.”

Ben praised the support of colleagues who last year adopted the charity and helped him raise a whopping £5,000 through cake sales, quiz nights and raffles.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for their support,” he says. “Everyone has been hugely generous yet again.”