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Mark is the winning Loser in hospice slim-down challenge

AFTER: Mark Gatty of Hemel Hempstead is the Hospice of St Francis' Biggest Loser 2014

AFTER: Mark Gatty of Hemel Hempstead is the Hospice of St Francis' Biggest Loser 2014

A man who lost more than a fifth of his body weight in just three months was crowned the winner of this year’s Hospice of St Francis Biggest Loser contest.

The 12-week charity challenge culminated at an event in Berkhamsted’s Espinosa Centre, when Mark Gatty of Hemel Hempstead discovered he had beat 19 other participants to the title.

Mark, 49, lost 53.5 pounds over the programme, which represented 22 per cent of his original weight.

Jason Keywood from Berkhamsted and Annette Howard, also from Hemel Hempstead, were named as runners up. As a whole, the group lost a whopping 548 pounds.

Mark said: “The Hospice cared for my dad, who was battling prostate cancer, in September 2011. The staff were exceptional and their compassion, empathy and incredibly broad shoulders on which to cry were a source of comfort to everyone in our family. As I approached the milestone of 50 this year I wanted to do a physical challenge and this seemed like fate intervening to help me shape up and help the Hospice at the same time.”

Mark beat all his targets to raise £2,000 for the hospice. To help increase his total text gats49 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

Applications for next year’s Biggest Loser Challenge will be open in the autumn.

 

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