‘Pounds off, £s in’ is chal­lenge for hospice

Twelve-week ‘eat well’ cam­paign to raise cash

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PEO­PLE are be­ing en­cour­aged to shed ex­tra pounds gained over the Christ­mas pe­riod and raise some funds for Michael So­bell Hospice.

The hospice at Mount Ver­non Hos­pi­tal, in Rick­mansworth Road, North­wood, launches its Pounds Off, £s In fundrais­ing chal­lenge in the New Year to en­cour­age healthy eat­ing and weight loss.

The 12-week chal­lenge will see those who may have overindulged on mulled wine, mince pies and a few too many trim­mings with their turkey shed pounds and raise some cash for the hospice char­ity.

For a £20 reg­is­tra­tion fee, peo­ple can join a weight loss group, re­ceive day passes for High­grove Fit­ness Cen­tre, in Eastcote Road, Ruis­lip, and at­tend weekly weigh-ins and meet­ings on Wed­nes­day evenings at the hospice in North­wood.

Each meet­ing will fea­ture a nu­tri­tion talk or ex­er­cise chal­lenge in­clud­ing zumba, tai chi, yoga and Bol­ly­wod danc­ing.

There will also be a weekly pep talk to keep peo­ple mo­ti­vated by Martinne As­ton of Gy­mo­pho­bics in Vic­to­ria Road, Ruis­lip Manor.

Those tak­ing part will be in­vited to eat healthily, keep a food and ex­er­cise di­ary and join a spe­cial Face­book group, where mem­bers can keep in touch and support each other.

Par­tic­i­pants are asked to raise at least £250 in spon­sor­ship over the three month chal­lenge and the per­son who loses the most amount of weight will re­ceive a hair makeover by HOB Sa­lons, in Hatch End, and a three month sub­scrip­tion to Gy­mo­pho­bics.

The first meet­ing will be held on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 7 at 7pm when peo­ple in­ter­ested in tak­ing part will be in­vited to a weigh-in and fit­ness as­sess­ment.

Last year’s win­ner,

Ed­die O’Sul­li­van, lost an im­pres­sive two stone (around 12.5kg), dur­ing the chal­lenge and raised more than £3,750 for the hospice.

He said: “I was 123kg when I started the chal­lenge last Jan­uary. My tar­get was to get my weight down to un­der 100kg. The chal­lenge was great fun and we all sup­ported each other through­out the weeks.

“Michael So­bell Hospice is a fan­tas­tic or­gan­i­sa­tion which I have sup­ported for over 20 years. I wanted to take off the pounds that I didn’t need and give the hospice the pounds they desperately need. The chal­lenge gave me the in­cen­tive and en­cour­age­ment to keep on los­ing weight un­til Au­gust this year, when I reached my tar­get of 99.9kg. In to­tal, I lost 3st 10lb and 8.5 inches off my waist,” he said.

For more de­tails and to reg­is­ter, go to www.michael so­bell­hos­pice.co.uk or call Ophe­lia on 01923 844 829.

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