Chap­lain Mar­garet’s loss be­comes our gain

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

STAFF and pa­tients at East Cheshire Hospice are see­ing slightly less of their hospice chap­lain, Mar­garet Lil­lis.

Mar­garet spent the 40 days of Lent care­fully watch­ing her diet and has man­aged to lose one stone in weight. And by turn­ing her weight loss of pounds into pounds and pence, Mar­garet has raised more than £2,000 for the char­ity.

“There’s no se­cret to los­ing weight – you just have to eat less,” she laughs.

“I didn’t starve my­self but I just got into the habit of not eat­ing in be­tween meals.”

Mar­garet, who be­came hospice chap­lain last Au­gust, says she en­joyed the sup­port of fam­ily and friends and her parish­ioners at St. Ed­ward the Con­fes­sor Church on Lon­don Road and her ini­tial tar­get of a mod­est £755 was quickly sur­passed within days.

“I was re­ally sur­prised at how gen­er­ous peo­ple were and their sup­port re­ally spurred me on dur­ing the 40 days,” she says. “The pur­pose of my fast was not only to lose weight but, as a Chap­lain, I wanted to be re­minded to put oth­ers first and my­self sec­ond.”

At the end of her fast, Mar­garet had raised just over £1,900 but that has now been topped up to just over the £2,000 mark.

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