WE CAN DO IT: Slimmers weighed in to campaign

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DEDICATED slimmers took on a challenge with a difference in a bid to help the Hartlepool Mail’s We Can Do It appeal reach its target.

Award-winning nutritionist and health coach Jackie Liddle, who runs the pioneering Hartlepool Arriba! 12-Week Community Weight Loss Challenges added an extra ingredient by pledging to donate a pound for every pound shed in weight by the top three “losers” in her class.

She also urged class members to donate items of non-perishable food and they responded in style.

The acclaimed health coach, who has previously raised money to help buy a replacement PlayBus for Hartlepool Families First, is a firm believer in community projects.

The Mail-backed Hartlepool Foodbank campaign hopes to raise three tonnes of non-perishable food which will be made up into parcels to help needy people over the coming months. It is now nearing its target.

The Mail launched its campaign after it emerged that 28.6 per cent of Hartlepool children are living in poverty. Churches across Hartlepool are involved in the programme, which has the backing of Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond and town MP Iain Wright

As part of the novel community weight loss challenges which have transformed the lives of hundreds of people across Hartlepool the top three biggest losers pick up hefty cash prizes.

In the latest challenge, which ended last week, the top three shed almost six stone between them.

Jackie, of Bishop Cuthbert, who will now donate a rounded-up £100 to complement the 80.80lbs her top three lost said: “The class was incredible and really rose to the challenge.

“Support and encouragement are major features of the 12 Week Community Weight Loss Challenges and everyone really gave their all to not only improve their own lives but those of people who are in need of help.”