Gerald Ash, who used to weigh 50 stone, has started a window cleaning business
GERALD Ash used to weigh 50st and was unemployed for over a decade.
Now the 46-year-old, from Linden, has turned things around. He weighs 35st and he has started a window cleaning business.
He said: "To be honest, when I weighed 50st I wouldn't have employed myself.
"I didn't have a job for 14 years, although I was a full-time carer. So when I lost the weight, I decided to do something."
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Being an animal lover, Mr Ash, whose waist has slimmed from 108 inches to 72 inches, has decided to donate a percentage of his earnings to Teckels animal sanctuary in Whitminster.
"For all new customers Teckels refer me to, I will give 25% of my fee to Teckels for the first clean," he added.
"And after that, I will donate 10 per cent from any future jobs with that customer. For any customers that are referred through existing customers, I will give 10 per cent to Teckels. I'm looking to work with other charities too."He launched his business on Monday at the Whitminster animal sanctuary. Teckels manager Joan Barrett said: "He saved up his benefits money and spent £135 on equipment.
"I think it is great what he is doing and hopefully he will inspire other people to get up and find themselves a job."
For more details on Mr Ash's business, visit www.outdoor cleaningservices.co.uk.