Hugh sheds the pounds... to raise pounds

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A TEALBY man has been striding out to convert pounds in weight to pounds of cash.

Hugh Nott, a member of Market Rasen Rotary Club, has lost three stone, three pounds in weight and raised more than £1,100 in the process.

Over the past six months, the 72-year-old retired animal nutritionist says he has just 
followed a common sense approach of eating less and choosing more appropriate foods.

“I consumed about 400 fewer calories per day and walked 650 miles during the dieting period – the same distance as John O’Groats to London,” said Hugh.

“I have worn out two pairs of boots and numerous socks.

“Walking across the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds will have used about 450 calories per day, without resorting to expensive gym membership.”

Hugh arrived at the recent club meeting carrying a heavy suitcase – equal to his weight loss and also equivalent to the baggage allowance on traditional airlines.

And Hugh is well aware of 
the health benefits this weight loss should bring, so he has personally matched the Rotary Club donations pound for pound.

The money raised from the sponsored slim will go to one of the Rotary Club’s chosen charities – Shelter Box.

Together with Rotary collections made at the Caistor goes Diamond event and Open Farm Sunday at Stainton–le-Vale, two complete Shelter Boxes will be funded, which will give tented housing, bedding, cooking equipment, tools, water purification facilities and, if necessary, mosquito protection for 20 people in a disaster zone – something the recipients may still be using two years on, as in Haiti.

“I would like to thank my wife Penny – who hardly fed me – those who encouraged me, those who sponsored me and Market Rasen Racecourse for acting as the official weigh masters in the jockey’s weighing-in room.”