Banana and blueberry Belgian waffles – just one of the tasty treats served up during an East Cheshire Hospice health drive.
Sharing recipes, weight loss tips and new walking routes were all part of Lbs 4 £s, the Hospice’s 12-week fitness programme.
The initiative has raised £2,055 so far with the waffles earning Emma Machin the award for the tastiest looking breakfast.
Natalie Catterall raised £570 and shed almost two and a half stones after giving up chocolate, crisps, biscuits and cakes.
Natalie, whose late mum Hilary Woolliscroft was a Hospice patient, was not even tempted by a tipple of her favourite G and T.
Natalie Catterall and her late mum Hilary.
Natalie, a school business manager, said: “Dieting wasn’t easy but I didn’t veer from it and the fact I was raising money for the Hospice kept me on the straight and narrow.
“I had made the commitment and didn’t cheat and our group really enjoyed sharing experiences and tips via Facebook.
“I would get out of breath going up the stairs, but feel so much better now. It’s given me confidence to go to the gym and I might run a half marathon next year. I’ve completed a garden project with a lot of manual labour and couldn’t have done that before.”
Karen Hodkinson won the award for the most social media posts about her journey.
Hospice Events Assistant Bethan Wade said: “The aim was to lose weight, eat more healthily, improve fitness and well-being, or simply support the Hospice and everyone supported each other.”