Weighty effort for Mail’s bus appeal

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A WASTE management company called in a weight management expert to improve staff health and boost the Mail’s Buy A Bus Appeal.

The appeal is now motoring ahead after around a dozen staff lost a collective nine stone in a sponsored slim to put almost £1,500 towards the appeal.

Cathy Nicholson and Catherine Cawley, of Families First, health coach Jackie Liddle, Phil Lennox, of Niramax, and Linda and Ken Howlett of Families First

Cathy Nicholson and Catherine Cawley, of Families First, health coach Jackie Liddle, Phil Lennox, of Niramax, and Linda and Ken Howlett of Families First

Kindhearted staff at Niramax contacted award-winning health coach Jackie Liddle who has helped people across Hartlepool lose almost 400 stone since setting up the Hartlepool Arriba Wellness Club just 20 months ago.

She runs 12-Week Community Weight Loss Challenges two nights a week but ran a novel on-site daytime challenge at the Niramax site to help the Mail appeal.

Niramax bosses pledged to pay £300 for every stone its staff lost and they managed to shed nine stone.

That totalled £2,700 and bosses are sharing it equally between the Buy A Bus Appeal and the Butterwick Hospice in Stockton.

Jackie said: “Everyone has benefitted from this novel in-house challenge and it’s great credit to the Niramax staff for their dedication.

“They have raised a tremendous amount of money for a brilliant cause and also learned a great deal about their own health and wellbeing. The classes are based on sustainable weight loss and healthy living and hopefully staff will take this forward into their everyday lives now that the challenge has finished.”

Niramax, based on the Longhill Industrial Estate, Hartlepool, specialises in recycling commercial, industrial and household waste.

Transport director Phil Lennox visited the Hartlepool families First premises in Brougham Street to hand over the money and was treated to a cake – a plastic one that youngsters play with on the much-needed bus.

He said: “Staff really took to the idea and the advice and encouragement they got from Jackie was amazing.

“The challenge created a healthy rivalry and helped build team spirit as everyone encouraged each as there was a common goal in sight.”

The Mail launched the Buy A Bus appeal to raise enough cash to buy a replacement PlayBus for Hartlepool Families First.

The charity’s outdated 25-year-old Leyland Olympian bus is struggling to keep to its timetable and provide a reliable service because of ever-increasing mechanical problems.

More than 5,000 children used the bus last year. It operates in areas where it is most needed and for some youngsters it is their only chance to play in a safe and supervised environment.

Donations have been coming in from a number of areas including £2,000 from a pensioner and £3,500 from Hartlepool Round Table.

Hartlepool Families First is hoping to raise around £12,000 with almost £8,000 in the kitty so far.

For more information contact Paul Watson, Head of News, Hartlepool Mail, on (01429) 239361.