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Stoptober wheel rolls into Birmingham

Rory and the Stoptober drop-in session team

Ultra-marathon runner and former 40-a-day smoker Rory Coleman rolled into Birmingham as he bids to run 28 miles a day for 28 days to promote this year’s Stoptober campaign.

Rory has joined the team to encourage people to sign up and order Stoptober packs full of resources to help them quit smoking.

As part of Rory’s challenge, he pushed a giant red Stoptober wheel from Victoria Square to a city centre roadshow manned by a team including Birmingham Community Healthcare stop smoking advisors.

Rory also enlisted the help of soldiers from the 22 Signal Regiment, based in Stafford to push the eye-catching inflatable.

Rory said: “I’ve absolutely loved my time in Birmingham. We were lucky to have a bright, sunny day and it’s been really busy in the city centre and around the Stoptober roadshow.

"Lots of people have enjoyed seeing the Stoptober wheel go through the city centre. It’s been an absolutely amazing response and I’m only sorry I'm getting close to the end of my 28 marathons in 28 days because it's been great fun."

Carol Carter, clinical lead nurse for the stop smoking team, said: “Around one in five adults in Birmingham smokes tobacco and many of them would like to quit but find it very difficult

“Stoptober helped a lot of Birmingham people give up last year and we’re really hoping that the events and extra publicity this year will have a similar effect."

Rory and soldiers from 22 Signal Regiment

For friendly, expert advice and support on how to quit smoking, call the Birmingham stop smoking service on 0800 052 5855 free or text 'QUIT' to 80800.

Stoptober 2013 starts on Tuesday 1st October and runs for 28 days. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, search ‘Stoptober’ online.

Click here for more details about Stoptober and the help and support available in Birmingham to quit smoking.