For the second year running, the winner of the Hospice of St Francis Biggest Loser challenge is a substantially less chunky chap.
Robert Ashby from Northchurch was crowned champion at a glitzy awards presentation and party at the Espinosa Chute Centre in Berkhamsted on Saturday night.
Robert, who lost a staggering 58lbs over 12 weeks – representing 23 per cent of his body weight – has undergone a phenomenal transformation and, together with the other 19 participants, has raised a remarkable £20,000 for the charity.
This will go towards funding the Northchurch-based hospice’s work looking after people with life-limiting illness in the local community.
Robert’s weight loss was attributed to a tailored fitness plan provided by Sportspace which included personalised training sessions and a group exercise schedule at the Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted gym complexes, plus a comprehensive nutritional plan from Alyson Carter at Nutrition 4 Life. Runners-up were Nicolene Streeter and Nikita Jackson.
Robert, a manager at Carestream Health in Hemel Hempstead, said: “I had an amazing evening on Saturday night and am so grateful to the Hospice, Sportspace and Alyson Carter at Nutrition 4 Life for giving me this opportunity and helping me to change my life, and also the lives of patients at The Hospice of St Francis.
“It was such a privilege to be involved, I’m so pleased with the new ‘me’ and I’m passionate about helping the hospice in other ways in the future.”
Harriet Karia, head of community fundraising, who organised the awards party for family and friends of the 20-strong group, said: “All the participants have gone on such a journey over the last 12 weeks and I’ve been so impressed by their commitment to their weight loss and to raising funds for the Hospice.
“They’ve really bonded as a group and are now such loyal supporters of the hospice, looking forward to walking together at our Midnight Walk on Saturday, June 29, keep up their fitness levels.
“I’d like to thank them all for taking the plunge and signing up for our Biggest Loser Challenge back in February and would urge them to keep up the weight loss and to come back and be perfect role models to inspire next year’s entrants.”
Anyone interested in participating in next year’s Biggest Loser challenge, can email firstname.lastname@example.org