Property developer Ed Akay (pictured) has raised an impressive four figure sum – by trimming his own figure on a gruelling health kick.

Ed took on a gruelling body transformation challenge to raise money for the Danny Butcher Foundation, setting a £200 target, and smashing it by £800.

The former model challenged himself to get his body fat ratio to 10% but is now down to an extremely svelte 9% and in such good shape that he’s been doing modelling shoots again.

Danny Butcher committed suicide in 2019 after he became depressed while trying to clear his debts run up on a £13,000 Property Investors course.

The foundation was set up in his name to raise money for homeless people, mental health charities and military veterans – all favourite causes of the former soldier.

Weight training

Ed, director at Devon-based property development company Gold Lake Developments, was trained by a natural bodybuilder and stuck to a lean protein diet and rigorous weight-training programme during the challenge.

“It wasn’t too hard to stick to as I’ve always been very disciplined and although I wasn’t used to doing higher weight repetitions, it became part of my normal routine,” he tells LandlordZONE. “I definitely feel like I’ve rolled back the years!”

Ed is determined to keep the weight off and the healthy lifestyle regime going, particularly as he’s started modelling part-time, but he’s equally keen to raise a bit more cash for the foundation before the end of the year.

He adds: “I’m proud of raising £1,000 but would be over the moon if we could make it to £1,500. Danny Butcher was a hero, and I would love to honour his memory by hitting that target.”

To donate go to Ed’s Facebook page

Picture credit: Colin Winstanley

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