A man who lost three stone has been named as the Vale’s Biggest Loser after taking part in a slimming programme.
John Woodiwiss, 25, from Quarrendon, Aylesbury, started on the Rennie Grove Hospice Care Biggest Loser initiative in January.
His weight loss was the best of any of the participants based at the Nuffield Fitness and Wellbeing Centre and his efforts won him a year’s free gym membership at the Nuffield Centre on Trenchard Street.
As part of the initiative participants agreed to raise a minimum of £500 to help fund care for patients.
More than £12,000 was raised by the 21 people taking part at three gyms, including Aylesbury.
John said: “My two goals for 2014 were to change my job and build a career and motivate myself into losing weight.
“I started a new job and I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made, so the next step was pushing me into goal number two, weight loss.”
In August 2012 John weighed 23stone 13lbs and he decided it was time to get his life on track.
In January 2014, he received a place in the Biggest Loser competition.
He said: “I was determined and thought it was going to be easy.
“I can safely say now that it was far from easy.
“In my first few weeks with my personal trainer Brett Collier we worked on my way of thinking instead of just weight loss.
“We changed my diet and I started thinking differently about food.
“Once I kicked my food habits I started doing classes at the gym, boot camps and spin classes and I also learnt how to swim properly.
“My journey with weight loss will not stop here.
“I have set myself new goals since becoming the winner for Aylesbury.
“I will take part in a 5km run in July, I will be climbing Snowdon in August and following that with a 13k race.
“I am pushing myself but I don’t want to end this year the way I started, I want bigger and better things for myself.”
Gemma Martin, events fundraiser at Rennie Grove Hospice Care, who organised the Biggest Loser programme said: “All the participants in this year’s competition have done amazingly well and they should all be really proud of themselves.
“It has been inspiring to watch them change over the course of the programme and we are delighted they managed to raise so much money at the same time as getting fitter and healthier.”