WE WOULD like to thank The Press for reporting our six-month charity weight loss challenge, raising money for York's Special Care Baby Unit ("Political heavyweights are shadows of former selves", June 7 ).

This facility does great work in helping York's most vulnerable children in their first few days of life and is important to both our families.

Cllr Dafydd Williams has so far lost 15 per cent of his body weight since January 1 and Cllr James Alexander has so far lost 30 per cent (politicalheavyweights.co.uk carries updates of our progress).

We still have a couple of weeks to go and you can donate at justgiving.com/politicalheavyweights or by texting the code FLAB97 followed by amount (e.g. £5) to 70070.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to this great cause.

Cllr James Alexander,

Labour Leader of City of York Council,

Cllr Dafydd Williams,

Cabinet Member for Finance and Procurement.