From client to volunteer to team member - Andy's story is truly inspirational!

Andy quit smoking and lost three stone in just under two years and went from couch potato to running coach in just seven months!  Sounds impressive?  All the more so when you consider that he had his spine fused in his early thirties.  Now in training for his second marathon, Andy is living proof that anything is possible when you’re determined to succeed.  Find out more about our smiley team member.

My Livewell journey

I started Livewell as a buddy to my partner, Julie and then joined myself in 2018 to quit smoking. I’ve been smoke free for three years and during that time I’ve lost about 3 stone and transformed my fitness.  Before Livewell I barely did any exercise, now I run four times a week, play golf and exercise in my garage. 

My role with Livewell

I used to volunteer at two health hubs - Whitecross on a Tuesday evening and Boyer Street on a Thursday lunchtime. I am also a run leader with Derby Joggers and support two jogging sessions a week.

In June 2021, I joined the Livewell team as an advisor and I'm really excited to get stuck in.  I'm hoping my own experiences will help motivate people to believe in themselves and their ability to change.

Me in three words

Dedicated, positive & helpful.

My favourite meal

Fillet steak, chips & salad.

My best achievements

Giving up smoking, I feel so much better for it.  Running the Manchester half marathon in 2019 and completing my first marathon (the virtual London Marathon) in October 2020.

Building up my speed and stamina to take on my second full marathon, the virtual London Marathon (again!) and my first real life marathon (Manchester) in October this year.

What you might be surprised to know

I have had a spinal fusion operation over 20 years ago and still have four metal rods in my spine.

My lifestyle tip

Be kind to yourself.

My favourite motivational quote

One run can change your day, many runs can change your life!

My tip for surviving lockdown

Stick to a routine and keep active.

Read more about Andy's amazing lifestyle transformation.  Andy isunning the Virgin London Marathon for FND Dimensions. Here is a link to his Fundraising page.

Andy at the finish line of the virtual London Marathon in October 2020 and below that with partner, Julie at the Manchester half marathon 2019.

Andy at the finish line of the virtual London Marathon

Andy Varney and partner Julie at Manchester Half Marathon 2019