A CHARITY fundraiser has been launched in memory of a Whitchurch man worked to promote healthy and active living in children around the world.

Paul Dodd passed away on March 2 aged 41 and his death has been attributed to Sudden Arhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) – diseased that affects around 500 people in the UK each year.

After growing up in Ash and attending Sir John Talbot's School, Paul went on to a career teaching and coaching sport.

Paul worked at Whitchurch Leisure Centre and other similar institutions in the area, and for the past six years he had been working in Dubai where he ran a business called Movement and Me.

The businesses specialised in getting children and adults alike active for enjoyment and for mental wellbeing.

It is because of this work, that Paul's mother Pam has decided to raise funds for two charities that also specialise in helping children with disabilities.

Pam says Paul was a 'true inspiration' and wanted to raise funds for the Wingate Centre in Wrenbury and Cardiac Research in the Young (CRY).

"It's hard to believe that such a positive, thoughtful, generous human being, with such a massive personality, could leave us," said Pam.

"He brought hope and confidence; his genuine enthusiasm, real energy and love for life was contagious and swept everyone along in his path.

"He had an amazing impact on people all around the world; a true inspiration.

"Pauls' mantra was to enjoy life, be kind, make each day a big day, get excited and move more.

"He knew from experience and research, that these things really help you feel good.

"Paul's belief in making movement fun inspired him throughout his coaching and teaching career.

"His, business 'Movement and Me' had enjoyment, confidence and motivation as core values.

"Through this he started to implement programmes within schools, communities and organisations, which were helping many more to see how the enjoyment of physical activities can build a person's confidence and wellness.

"His work supported the World Health Organisation and International Physical Literacy Association and created movements in the Middle East with the Every Girl Can programme.

"This was created to inspire women across the Middle East to develop their enthusiasm for physical activity, as a tool to build their self-esteem and personal wellbeing.

"We take comfort knowing that he lived life to the full, inspired many and know his legacy will continue."

It is because of these values, that Pam has decided to raise money for the two charities.

"In memory of Paul, we have set up this just giving page to raise money for two charities," she added.

"He would love to see the impact that support for these charities will have on people's lives.

"The Wingate Special Children's Trust, which was very close to his heart as it is where he started his coaching career, helping children and young people with physical and learning disabilities.

"Paul coached gymnastics, which is particularly helpful in developing core physical, cognitive and emotional skills and develops self-esteem through achievement, encouragement and recognition.

"We are also raising for CRY, who are preventing young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, and supporting affected families."

To donate to either fundraiser, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/move-more-wingate