Farmer hopes to lose 30lbs to raise cash for charity

A Deddington farmer is 
urging Banburyshire residents to jump aboard a challenge to lose weight while raising funds for a very worthy cause.

Alastair Welford, 55, of Leadenporch Farm, and his wife Debbie are trustees for the Nicodemus Trust – a charity which invests in young people and helps them to develop themselves.

Alastair Welford with kids in Guatemala

Alastair Welford with kids in Guatemala

The trust works in the UK running a mentorship programme in Banbury (Young Adults with Purpose) and with three organisations in Guatemala.

Mr Welford has now taken up a test launched by a fellow supporter of the charity – Dan Holden’s £ for Lb challenge.

He said: “His challenge is to those of us who need to lose weight, which I do, to do so over the summer of 2014 and at the same time get sponsored to support the Nicodemus Trust. In an effort to raise funds, I have decided to set myself a personal target of 30 lbs and raise a £1 for every 1lb I lose .”

He added he is keen for others to take up the challenge as well and make it more of a community affair.

“Sponsor me, by all means, but what I’d like to see is 20-30 people taking up the challenge and doing their own thing,” he said.

This also ties in with the vision of the charity, which aims to give young people the tools to help themselves.

Those who want to sponsor Mr Welford can do so at

Alternatively those who may want to take up the challenge themselves can find more information online at