Natasha Bunby is severely affected by aggressive multiple sclerosis but says it is a small part of who she is.
The 35-year-old from Lancing has been an inspiration since she was diagnosed six years ago.
“I decided I needed to lose weight for my health and went on to lose 12st 1lb over a period of 18 months,” she said.
“I’ve kept my weight off for nearly four years now. I’m so passionate about helping and supporting local people with there own weight loss journeys.”
Natasha runs Slimming World groups at Parkside Evangelical Church, St Flora’s Road, Littlehampton, on Mondays at 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
She said:”My mobility is severely effected by the disease. My mum and my son Deon, who is 15, come along every single week and help me to set up and pack away because I can’t do this. I am so grateful for their love and support.
“Learning how to slim for life is so important for my health and it’s essential that I teach my children good eating habits as there is a huge obesity crisis in our country and it’s so important that we teach the younger generation about the importance of living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.”
Deon and his nine-year-old brother London will be taking part in the MS Circuit Challenge on May 21 to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis Trust.
Natasha explained: “They will be cycling their bikes, which is great exercise for their health, and they will be doing as many laps as they can around the famous Goodwood race track.
“This event is brilliant for disabled people as, often in life, we have to watch and wave and not participate but in this case, it is ‘by any means possible, so I am able to participle with my family and friends in my wheelchair and be proud of who I am.
“I will proudly be going round the track with my family. They are all coming along to support this event as it’s my birthday and I’ve asked for no presents this year, just donations, so I can add it to my children’s sponsor fund for this event.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my birthday, raising money for a charity that is very close to my heart. I never feel sorry for myself, I try to show my children that when life gets in the way it’s really important to learn to adapt to overcome things.
“I’ve no idea what my future has in store for me with regards to my disease but I do know that I don’t ever want to look back and my life and say I wish I’d done things. I want to be able to look back and be proud of things I’ve achieved.”
The charity has asked people taking part to dress up or decorate their bikes and mobility aids, so to get in the fun spirit, the family will help Natasha to decorate her wheelchair as a birthday present and they will all be wearing birthday cake hats.
Visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/familyfundraising to make a donation.
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