Deeping men lose pounds to help fund church revamp

Sponsored slim to raise money for St Guthlacs Tower Appeal, Market Deeping. Final weigh-in at The Vine, from left, Rob Gray, Stuart Clark, Neal Bacon, Rev Mark Thomson, Nigel Bacon, Dave Hand and Rev Philip Brent.'Photo: MSMP310313-015ow
Sponsored slim to raise money for St Guthlacs Tower Appeal, Market Deeping. Final weigh-in at The Vine, from left, Rob Gray, Stuart Clark, Neal Bacon, Rev Mark Thomson, Nigel Bacon, Dave Hand and Rev Philip Brent.'Photo: MSMP310313-015ow
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A group of men lost a combined total of 100lbs between them to raise more than £1,000 for a church restoration project.

The group of Deepings residents took on the slimming challenge in January to support the Tower Project at St Guthlac’s Church in Church Street, Market Deeping.

Since the initial weigh-in on January 6 the group has been eating healthily and getting as much exercise as possible.

And while each had different targets, between them they lost a combined total of 100lbs and raised more than £1,000 in sponsorship.

Church rector the Rev Philip Brent, who organised the fundraising, was away and was unable to comment this week.

But another one of the slimmers, assistant curate the Rev Mark Thompson, 56, said: “Everyone has lost weight, some more than others.

“One of the guys lost 38lbs which is quite impressive.

“I only set a target of 7lbs but I managed to lose 8lbs.

“Some of the group gave themselves a reasonable target of maybe a stone or more and most were quite pleased with what they lost.”

The money will be used to build a new disabled toilet and kitchenette in the church.

The church, which dates back to the 15th century, is in need of some modernisation and a total cost of £60,000 has been put on the project.

The Rev Thompson added: “The main thing is to make the church a bit more welcoming to people.

“We have had a lot of support from family, parishioners and people outside the church congregation.”

To donate to the cause visit the St Guthlac’s Church website.