Big Pledge made a big difference to a local athlete's recovery
"Big Pledge is a great way to get into shape, having fun and I encourage people to sign up and enjoy it."Matt Cave
A free Wiltshire Council activity challenge gets underway next week, and a local gold-winning athlete says it helped him on his road to recovery from a serious illness.
Matt Cave from Calne underwent a kidney transplant operation in 2012 and he credits Wiltshire Council's Big Pledge challenge as helping to get him more active and back into shape following his life-threatening condition.
Matt has since gone on to represent Team GB as a transplant athlete, winning multiple gold medals
Matt says: "Big Pledge made such a difference to my motivation. I had to get out there and back into shape again. It gave me the motivation to get to the gym, go out on my bike, go out for a run and gradually build up my fitness.
"Big Pledge is a great way to get into shape, having fun and I encourage people to sign up and enjoy it."
This year's Big Pledge challenges are timed with participants trying to ‘complete a century' by logging minutes of an activity to ‘score a run' and reach their target. This is to celebrate the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup coming to England and Wales soon.
Chris Williams, Wiltshire Council portfolio holder for communities said: "Matt's story is inspiring. I'm delighted to hear taking part in Big Pledge gave Matt the motivation he needed to excel in his sport.
"Big Pledge has changed lives year in and year out and I hope people sign up again. The health and wellbeing benefits will have such a positive impact for the people of all ages that can participate."
Big Pledge gets underway from 3 June and runs until 14 July and people can sign up now. The website also contains a video highlighting Matt's story.