Colne man sheds the pounds for charity

RAISING FUNDS: John Halstead (67) took part in a sponsored weight loss and raised �350 for Pendleside Hospice (S)
RAISING FUNDS: John Halstead (67) took part in a sponsored weight loss and raised �350 for Pendleside Hospice (S)

He may have shed the pounds physically, but one Colne resident has used his weight loss as a way of gaining pounds for a local charity.

John Halstead, of Oak Street, has raised £350 for Pendleside Hospice after taking on his own sponsored weight loss.

The member of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes cut out fatty foods over a five month period.

Previously weighing 16st. 11lb, the challenge allowed him to lose 2st.1lb, and give him the motivation to continue with his healthier lifestyle.

He now hopes to lose another stone in weight, and has said he has felt a lot better in himself since achieving his goal.

The retired 67-year-old said: “I’ve been thinking of losing some weight for quite a while - I am 60 odd now, so carrying extra weight around is not good.

“I saw it as an opportunity to raise some money, and that gave me the incentive to lose weight.

“I cut out the fatty foods, and things like bread and potatoes. I am determined to keep losing weight now.”

And Vikki Haydock, fund-raiser for Pendleside Hospice added: “People come up with all kinds of wonderful ways to raise money for the hospice and we’re happy to provide people with sponsor forms and other things they may need to fund-raise,”