Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

I'm throwing my weight behind a worthy charity

Kevin Mailey on his way to losing 10 stone in aid of the NSPCC

The time for making those New Year's resolutions is now with us, but one Limavady man has already made a healthy start to 2007 in aid of a good cause.

Musician Kevin Mailey is trying to shift a whopping 10 stone by the end of the month to raise funds for the NSPCC.

Kevin, who turns 62 next week, is currently a resident at the Raspberry Hill Health Farm in Killaloo, where staff are helping him along the road to a healthier lifestyle.

"I've been overweight for a long time. There's not a diet in the country that I haven't tried," he said.

"It was getting to the stage where I was practically in a wheelchair.

"I had to give myself a bit of a pick-up and get my life straightened out. I decided I'd try and raise a pound or two for the NSPCC.

"I knew the people in Raspberry Hill fairly well and decided that the only way I was going to lose weight was to go into it long-term. I went into Raspberry Hill in September and have been there ever since."

Kevin's big weigh-in will be held on January 31, with members of the public paying £2 a go to guess how much he will have lost by then.

"My target is 10 stone, and I hope I'll make it by that date," he said.

Although he is tight-lipped about how well he's doing so far, Kevin said he is pleased with his progress and is enjoying his new healthier lifestyle.

"I don't feel as if I'm starving myself. I'm not eating any junk," he said.

"I just hope the NSPCC do very well out of it and that it gives me back my life.

"I also hope that people go out and support it, not because of me, but to raise money for the protection of children."

Alfie Danton, who co-owns Raspberry Hill, praised Kevin's dedication.

He said: "He has been getting on very well here.

"He had a massive weight problem, but he has adapted to the motivational techniques provided here extremely well and as a result has shed quite a bit of weight."

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