The 17th November 2012, I finally decided it was time to do it. After being in excess of 20 stones for at least the past 15 years and with painful knees, the decision was made. I joined my local Slimming World group in Doncaster and the rest is history, as they say.

The first week on this programme I lost 11 pounds! Still the group record for the most weight loss in one week! I then went on to win Group Slimmer of the Week 7 times, Slimmer of the Month 3 times, Group Slimmer of the Year 2013 and Group Man of the Year 2013. I have also been entered into Slimming World National Slimmer of the Year 2014 which takes place in May 2014.

My total weight loss currently stands at a staggering 8 stones 2lbs!

It was a great help in being able to achieve all of the above knowing that I was doing it as a sponsored slim in aid of Joerns’ very worthy charitable cause, Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Both the staff at Joerns and Slimming World Doncaster helped me with encouragement and support and in the process raised a very welcome £243.40 for Acorns.

The challenge now is to keep the weight off as on Saturday 1st February 2014, I achieved my target weight. I’m happy to say, my knees are no longer painful and life is so much better!

For more information on Acorns please visit: http://www.acorns.org.uk/