Slimmers have pledged to shed pounds to gain pounds for the Lexie’s Leggy Fund.
A group of 20 women and two men are hoping to raise £2,000 towards the appeal to raise £40,000 to send three-year-old Lexie Fordyce, who has cerebral palsy, to America for surgery to enable her to walk.
They were weighed in last week with expert help from Jo Lisk of Slimming World, Corby, and received advice from nutritionist Jane Young.
Now the fundraising team is counting the calories and giving each other encouragement on their quest to be leaner and fitter for the new year.
Psychic Dennis Binks, of Corby, came up with the idea for the fundraising slimathon and he’s determined to lose two stones by March 6 when the challenge ends.
Weighing in at 18st 9lbs, he’s already shed 9lbs.
He said: “After Christmas everyone wants to lose weight and I decided to organise a group effort to support Lexie’s appeal.
“Individually it’s easy to go off the rails and fall off a diet but we are all giving each other encouragement and so far it’s going really well.”
Dennis, who is following the Katie Price diet, organised the weigh-in which was held last Thursday at the St John Ambulance Hall, South Road, Corby.
He said: “It’s for a good cause and we want to succeed. People taking part are all trying to lose different amounts of weight and they each have sponsors who will pay up if they reach their target.”
Lexie’s mum Lisa Fordyce of Grendon Avenue, Corby, hopes to raise enough money for the surgery in Missouri. The fund stands at £30,000.