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 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.
The trust works in the UK running a mentorship programme in Banbury (Young Adults with Purpose) and with three organisations in Guatemala.
Mr Welford said: “The ‘£ for lb’ challenge is an exciting new fitness/weight loss challenge. Many local people over the summer lost over 35lbs, raising money by being sponsored to lose weight for the Nicodemus Trust.
“Have you enjoyed some ‘indulging’ this Christmas before you kick-start your fitness challenge at the start of 2015? Let’s be honest, we all ate a few too many mince pies over the Christmas period! This is a great incentive for your new year’s resolution!”
B3 Fitness from Brackley is supporting the challenge by offering those taking it up membership from £20 per month, no joining fee, one free personal training session and one month free membership if weight loss goals are achieved at three, six or 12 months.
Mr Welford said: “Nicodemus Trust is aiming to double its impact in 2015 so those taking up the ‘£ for lb’ challenge are a real help to us.
“We encourage anyone wanting to shed a few pounds in 2015 to take up this challenge. So far almost £5,000 has been raised which supports our ‘Young Adults with Purpose’ mentoring programmes in Banbury and Guatemala in addition to street child rescue, abused teenage girls restoration and care and education for rubbish dump living children in Guatemala.
After visiting Guatemala, Dan Holden, the original challenge maker, said: “I was amazed by what I saw, in particular young people who have had dreadful life experiences and circumstances not only striving to improve their own lives but also the lives of others.”
After the visit he went on to issue the original ‘£ for lb’ challenge and lost 25lbs.
For more information, see www.nicodemustrust.org.uk