A Forgotten Feature…

Good Morning world and thanks for Tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

It’s Friday!!

Whoop Whoop!!!

Actually, I should calm down a little. All today holds for me is more of this charity stuff so maybe I should simply get on with this post for you guys and tell you I found this the other day and realised that I had not shared it.

Take a read and laugh your socks off.

I know I did….

Written by Pete Hughes


THIS time last year, Cameron McCulloch was so fat he struggled to walk more than 30 yards.

Now he is planning to walk the entire length of both The Ridgeway and Hadrian’s Wall in 12 days.

They 48-year-old from Wantage is trekking 170 miles to raise £10,000 for a health education charity.

He hopes his donation could help prevent others from experiencing serious problems because of their weight.

In 2001, Wantage-born Mr McCulloch, a former pupil at King Alfred’s in the town, was pursuing a successful career in motor sales and was a regular at the gym, where he built himself up to 17 stone “of solid muscle”.

But one day, while doing sit-ups in the gym at Wantage Leisure Centre, something went wrong. He said: “I got down on the floor, did my first and second sit-up fine, then, after the third one, I sat up and couldn’t get back down.”

A disc had gone out of place in his spine.

He was taken home to recover and didn’t return to the gym for 15 years.


With Lisa the owner of the TFD Gym where Cameron now exercises

He gave up bodybuilding, but carried on going to work as normal for the next seven years, before suffering a nervous breakdown in 2008.

He added: “It was the year after my father had died, and I found myself to be the victim of some workplace bullying.

“I cannot abide bullies – I was bullied at school and I think there is no room in this society for people to be bullies.”

All this person had said was “don’t make an enemy of me”, but Mr McCulloch said: “For some reason it ate away at me until I pretty much had a nervous breakdown.

Mr McCulloch said he turned into “25 stone of blubber”.

He stopped working and ended up on disability living allowance before low self-esteem led to serious mental health problems.

In March last year he had bariatric surgery to restrict the size of his stomach and in the 12 months since he has shed nine stone, taking him down to 16 stone.

He started exercising again and is training three or four times every week, while planning to set up his own business as a handyman.

Mr McCulloch has also set himself a new fitness challenge . On June 6 he will start walking from Ivinghoe Beacon just east of Aylesbury and, over six days, walk the entire 87 miles of Britain’s oldest road to Avebury.

He will go home for one night, then, the next day, drive to Bowness-on-Solway, near Carlisle in Cumbria, to begin walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall – another 83 miles.

He is doing the whole thing to raise £10,000 for HENRY – Health Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young – a charity which aims to protect children from becoming obese.

Sponsor the walks online and find out more at http://www.justgiving.com/Cameron-McCulloch text HENR16 followed by the amount to 70070 or donate at https://www.gofundme.com/3frgj837

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

30 thoughts on “A Forgotten Feature…

  1. jncthedc says:

    Great article. This articles shares a story about vulnerability and the ability to use it to help create a better world. This is a very important message. It shows you don’t have to live your life as a “victim.” It proves ANYONE can make a difference. Keep the chin up and keep those legs moving forward!

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  2. Amanda says:

    You look fabulous in that picture by the way! What a great feature! I love that you’re turning into quite the celebrity too! So proud of you and how far you’ve come and…just look at what’s to come…it’s a beautiful horizon! ❤️

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  3. chattykerry says:

    You look amazing Cameron and I would have never guessed your were 48 – wow! I am so sorry that your father’s death made you ill and that thoughtless bullies made it worse. I wish you good luck with your fantastic journey to good health and happiness.

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Well hey! What can I say!!
      To be fair the guy in the story did over egg the pudding some what and the writing certainly won’t win any pulitzers….! BUT I have come a long way and am no longer that person. I am happier and more content than I have been in years so things are most definitely looking up….!
      The thing about the bullies still pops into my head every now and then. I was an Alpha male for many years and still am I suppose but just on that one occasion at work my confidence left me and I spiraled down to a place I had never experienced.
      Today I still do not suffer fools or bullies but instead of giving them a good banjo’ing, I am happier just to look at them with the contempt they deserve and walk away.
      Growing up I think it is called.

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