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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Former Cumbria cricketer aims to lose 25kgs in 25 weeks for hospice

A FORMER cricketer is aiming to lose 25kgs in 25 weeks to raise £2,500 for St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston's 25th anniversary.

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Martin Lewis

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Former Cumberland all-rounder Martin Lewis has set himself the challenge to coincide with this year’s landmark celebration at the Ulverston charity, where he is the corporate fundraiser.

In just over six months, the 44-year-old must go from 20st 1lbs to 16st 2lbs – a weight Mr Lewis admits he has not been at for many years.

He said: “I walked from Newcastle to Barrow in 2005 to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of two friends.

“I haven’t done any personal fundraising since then. But I lost a load of weight doing it – I was 23st 5lbs and got down to 18st and said I would never see 20 stone again.

“But then last week I got on the old scales and I was about 20st 1lbs and thought ‘right, I’m going to have to do something here’.

“I logged on to WeightWatchers and thought if I’m going to do it, I might as well set myself a target.”

Mr Lewis, of Newby Terrace, Barrow, had a great first week, but is aware the weight is likely to drop off more slowly as the weeks go by. Once he has shed a few pounds through eating more carefully, he intends to step up the exercise, mainly through his passion for walking – an activity which is easier on his joints which took a pounding during his cricket career.

He said: “Even when I was playing professional cricket, I was probably still always 18 or 19st, so I don’t ever remember being lighter than that. So it will be interesting to see what I have to do to get to 16st. It would be the first time I’ve been there for a long time

“But I will do it. People who know me, if I set my mind to something, I’m pretty determined and by hook or by crook, I’ll get there.

“It will be good to lose the weight, but it’s really about raising money for the hospice. And it will do me a lot of good at the same time.”

To donate, contact Mr Lewis on 07780 003839, email martin.lewis@stmaryshospice.org.uk, or go to www.justgiving.com/Martin-Lewis8.

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