Biggest Losers are all winners as they pull in the pounds for hospice

SUPER slimmers took to the stage to show off their new slender figures for a weight loss challenge in aid of the Hospice of St Francis.

And they had a lot to celebrate on Saturday because the fundraisers, including Gazette editor John Francis, have come to the end of an 18-week slog to shed the pounds.

Hospice of St Francis Biggest Loser group shot.

Hospice of St Francis Biggest Loser group shot.

But while heading towards a healthier lifestyle on the treadmill they’ve also been raising cash for a good cause.

In total 700lbs (50 stones) were lost in the Biggest Loser contest and to date £25,000 has been raked in.

The overall winner was John Arthur, who lost 64.5lbs. He shed 25.2 per cent of his weight and narrowly pipped Fiona Drew to the top slot who lost 24.9 per cent of her weight.

Two groups took part in the competition. The Biggest Losers were made up of John Arthur, Wendy Backhouse, Fiona Dew, Daniel Beaumont, John Francis, William Freeman, Lynn Hingston, Nicola Jones, Penny Maton, Steve Mogan, Vanessa Newbegin, Carol Palmer, Julie Randall-Powell, Kate Rogers, Amanda Somerville, Natalie Turner, Alison Watts, Lorraine Wilkinson, Alison Wilson, Tina Woodthorpe and Jon Wragg, while the Pounds for Pounds group who started the challenge three weeks later were

Stuart Stafford, who won the top slot by losing 39.5lbs, Bonnie Freeman, Frances Onians, Jackie Jackson, Rachel Toorawa, Sue Valentine and Karen Woolsey.

Hospice community fundraising manager Harriet Karia said: “The participants are so inspirational. They have changed their own lives and the lives of the patients here at The Hospice of St Francis with the amazing amount of money that they have raised. We are so grateful for their support and hope they’re as proud of their achievements as we are.”

The hospice thanked the event’s supporters Sportspace, John lewis, Matrix, Ultimate Promotions, nutritionist Alyson Carter, life coach Olwen Jennings, Gorgeous Hair in Berkhamsted, businesses in Berkhamsted and Tring that donated prizes to the tombola and Wendy and Ramon Scoggins for organising it.

And contestant Kate Rogers paid tribute to her personal trainer Deniece Colley for keeping her motivated and her family and friends, including husband Morgan, for their help and encouragement.

> See a video of the finale event at www.hemeltoday.co.uk, www.berkahmstedtoday.co.uk or www.tringtoday.co.uk

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