When he was asked to run local heritage walks in his local community, Paul was inspired to start a health and weightloss journey of his own.
"I first heard about the Community Activity Programme through my connections to Critchley Community Hub. As I have an interest in local heritage, I was asked if I would be interested in leading the heritage health walks.
"It was around this time my GP had told me that my weight needed addressing. In order to be a credible leader and to improve my own health, I decided to join in and increase my own physical activity and make major diet improvements.
"I have always enjoyed walking, but had found in recent years I was walking less and struggling to keep up with people. I also suffered a knee injury which was adding to the problem.
"Feeling healthier fuels my desire to walk more and contributes to my weight loss. I’ve had some really positive comments from my family and friends, which was bene really motivating.
"Since joining the programme I have lost over five stone in weight. The improvements to my physical appearance helps to improve my personal well-being – it’s good to be able to impress people with what I have been able to achieve!
"I have re-educated my mind and body to eat better, exercise and not fall into bad habits. I feel empowered and satisfied with my achievements – and so much healthier.
"I’m due my next annual review at my GP surgery soon. I’m looking forward to the Practice Nurse wondering if the previous records she had for me are correct!"
The Sport England Community Activity Grant programme has opened the doors for people to get involved in local sports activities in their local community.
Find out more about the Community Activity Grant programme.