Nine months of tucking into sweets took its toll on Sharyn Smiles.
The 35-year-old Sunderland mum-of-two had a craving for chocolate throughout her pregnancy when she was carrying her twin boys Harrie and Ollie.
If I can do it anyone can. Anything that promotes the health of people and children in general, especially in Sunderland, is a really good thingSharyn Smiles
It saw Sharyn’s weight go up by five stones but that’s when she decided to go on a health kick – and bring her new sons along with her.
And with a new-found determination, she headed out on to the streets of Wearside and ran, while pushing Harrie and Ollie in their buggy.
Eventually, Sharyn became so fit she began entering races to raise money for charity. And now, single mum Sharyn has raised thousands of pounds for worthy causes.
Her dedication to charity has won her a nomination for this year’s Best of Wearside awards. She said: “I had a family-sized bag of sweets every day for nine months. I couldn’t stop myself.
“But last year, I made a New Year resolution to lose the five stones. I started off by walking and I used to put the boys in a push chair.”
Since then, Hall Farm resident Sharyn – a support worker for Sunderland Area Parent Support (SAPS) – has supported causes including breast cancer awareness, the Tyneside Women’s Health organisation, and SAPS.
The nomination for her said: “She tirelessly runs and she is amazing.”
Yet modest Sharyn said: “If I can do it, anyone can.
“Anything that promotes the health of people and children in general, especially in Sunderland, is a really good thing.”
Sharyn joins an impressive list of entries for the awards but we want even more.
This year, the competition is being held in association with Vantec Europe Ltd. To help us in our quest, we have also been backed by some fantastic category sponsors.
They are Calsonic, Gentoo, Martinos, TWR and UK Asbestos and we thank them all for their fantastic backing.
From now until the deadline of Monday, November 2, we will be looking for the very best in our communities.
To nominate your own personal favourite, fill in the nomination form or click here.