he following is Maria's appeal message:
Maria 's PERSONAL MESSAGE
PLEASE HELP MARIA & RICHARD FROM PEACE TALKS OLDHAM, TO RAISE MONEY FOR TPRF - FOOD FOR PEOPLE PROGRAMME, BY WORLD FOOD DAY - SUNDAY 16th OCTOBER, 2016.
Hello, I'm Maria Dawn Ellis, Chairperson of Peace Talks Oldham, based in North West England.
I decided only a few days ago, as I've not felt fit & healthy for quite a while, I NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT!
I thought if I did a Sponsored Slim, I could possibly raise pounds for losing pounds!
It didn't take long for Richard Outram, co-founder of PTO & I to decide to help the Food For People programme. It seemed a fitting project to eat less, to help others, less fortunate than myself, to eat more! The deadline for completion, in exactly 9 WEEKS time is appropriately WORLD FOOD DAY!
My goal is to lose a Stone = 14 lbs by SUNDAY 16th OCTOBER. If I do well I might try & lose another 4 lbs as well = total 18lbs. Richard also wants to lose same amount of weight as me. 14-18 lbs
This is a healthy & hopefully achievable amount, to lose a steady 1&1/2 to 2lbs a week. I have quite a few health problems & am 4'9" tall. For my current weight & my height my BMI classes me as overweight; losing 18lbs would take me back to a normal healthy weight.
I have wanted to support the Food For People programme - FFP, for many years but being on benefits because of my health issues, means I don't have much money to donate to such a worthy cause.
If you could possibly please donate £1 for every pound in weight we lose, this could really make a difference to children & elderly people who otherwise may not eat one proper healthy meal a day. Obviously more, or less donated, depending on your own circumstances is fine too, thanks. Anything would be gratefully received please.
Here is a recent UPDATE from Maria;-:
I've lost 6 & half pounds in 3 weeks on sponsored slim but unfortunately not many people have sponsored me yet. Please help by donating any amount to the Total Giving website which Peace Partners has set up to receive sponsorship donations. Every penny goes to the Food For People project run by tprf.org including gift aid. I'm losing weight with High Crompton Slimming World Group
Here is her partner Richard Outram who is also slimming for sponsors on day 1 of the slimathon: