Political heavyweights are shadows of former selves

Sister Ann Elliott with Council leader James Alexander and Cllr Dafydd Williams who are both losing weight to help raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit at York Hospital

Council leader James Alexander and Cllr Dafydd Williams before the fundraising challenge

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TWO York politicians are now shadows of their former selves as they go into the last month of a "Political Heavyweight" challenge.

City of York Council leader James Alexander has lost nearly six stone and 28.4 per cent of his body weight since January 1 and the authority’s cabinet member for finance and performance, Coun Dafydd Williams has lost 15 per cent.

Their sponsored challenge in support of York Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) has so far raised £1000. They are hoping to raise £2500 by the end of the month.

This week they have visited the unit to find out about the work being done there to help babies born prematurely or who are unwell.

Coun James Alexander, who has lost weight through exercise and monitoring his diet, said: “This started as a bit of competitive fun in aid of a very worthwhile cause. My competitive streak has certainly been key to me losing well over a quarter of my body weight, and I’m pleased to say I feel far better for doing so.

“I’m looking forward to visiting the SCBU and seeing just how essential this service is to the people of York and North Yorkshire. There is still the opportunity for people to sponsor us at politicalheavyweights.co.uk”.

Coun Dafydd Williams said he was keen to take the opportunity to compete with Coun. Alexander and raise money for the SCBU.

He said: “While percentage-wise I may not have matched Coun. Alexander so far in weight loss, I’ve still lost a good amount of weight and importantly from a lower starting point. However the battle is not over yet!

“Raising money for this excellent cause makes it easy to focus on losing weight and the benefits have been many, including having more energy. I’m grateful for the opportunity to visit the SCBU and want to thank the staff there for the invaluable service they provide to so many families”.

Ann Elliott, from the SCBU, said: “Everyone involved with the Special Care Baby Unit really appreciates the fund raising that is done for them. The money raised helps with the purchase of new equipment and to update facilities for the families of the babies on the unit.

"We would like to wish James and Dafydd all the best in their weight loss challenge and to say thank you for raising money for the unit. We look forward to seeing them again at the end of the challenge”.

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11:05am Sat 7 Jun 14

What's Up, Doc? says...

Keep it up, Alexander and hopefully you might disappear forever!
Keep it up, Alexander and hopefully you might disappear forever! What's Up, Doc?
  • Score: -35

12:07pm Sat 7 Jun 14

inthesticks says...

Credit where it`s due; Well done both of you.
Credit where it`s due; Well done both of you. inthesticks
  • Score: 20

12:37pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Y.I.P. says...

Well done lads,a good example to us all.
Well done lads,a good example to us all. Y.I.P.
  • Score: -21

12:39pm Sat 7 Jun 14

JasBro says...

Yes, well done.
Yes, well done. JasBro
  • Score: 10

12:49pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Y.I.P. says...

Next year eh Ian!!!!!!!!!!
Next year eh Ian!!!!!!!!!! Y.I.P.
  • Score: -25

1:09pm Sat 7 Jun 14

straylandsbloke says...

Here's wishing they become shadows of "political heavyweights" next May for a different reason.
Here's wishing they become shadows of "political heavyweights" next May for a different reason. straylandsbloke
  • Score: -31

1:32pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Frenchlife says...

Well done, may it encourage others. Better for your health and could save the NHS money !
Well done, may it encourage others. Better for your health and could save the NHS money ! Frenchlife
  • Score: 12

3:12pm Sat 7 Jun 14

marvell says...

Lightweights intellectually as well...
Lightweights intellectually as well... marvell
  • Score: -35

3:29pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Justin7 says...

Amazing work by James. Well done!!
Amazing work by James. Well done!! Justin7
  • Score: 39

3:37pm Sat 7 Jun 14

pedalling paul says...

Time for you both to get a bike now....
Time for you both to get a bike now.... pedalling paul
  • Score: 41

4:36pm Sat 7 Jun 14

eeoodares says...

Well done lads, 6 stone is incredible.
Well done lads, 6 stone is incredible. eeoodares
  • Score: 52

5:26pm Sat 7 Jun 14

yourkidding says...

well done .
well done . yourkidding
  • Score: 9

5:27pm Sat 7 Jun 14

yourkidding says...

well done
well done yourkidding
  • Score: 6

6:54pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Jack Ham says...

Well done on the fundraising. Sadly though I suspect this was a deliberate ploy in order to get plenty of positive media coverage without having to talk about any of the difficulties facing people in York. Very more sad, it worked.
Well done on the fundraising. Sadly though I suspect this was a deliberate ploy in order to get plenty of positive media coverage without having to talk about any of the difficulties facing people in York. Very more sad, it worked. Jack Ham
  • Score: -59

7:07pm Sat 7 Jun 14

RoseD says...

Keep going James: I can still see you.
Keep going James: I can still see you. RoseD
  • Score: -35

8:02pm Sat 7 Jun 14

big boy york says...

6 stone wish i could lose 6lb well done james but dieting wont save you come may
6 stone wish i could lose 6lb well done james but dieting wont save you come may big boy york
  • Score: -18

8:10pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights.
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
Caesar, scene ii
Let me have men about me that are fat; Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous. Caesar, scene ii Pinza-C55
  • Score: 5

8:16pm Sat 7 Jun 14

MouseHouse says...

Good stuff. Lettuce and cress sandwiches all round.
Good stuff. Lettuce and cress sandwiches all round. MouseHouse
  • Score: 4

7:00pm Sun 8 Jun 14

shartin says...

Well done and all effort for a very good cause.
Well done and all effort for a very good cause. shartin
  • Score: 2

11:31am Mon 9 Jun 14

meme says...

well done.... its tough to lose so much weight and an inspiration to us slightly porky individuals around here
well done.... its tough to lose so much weight and an inspiration to us slightly porky individuals around here meme
  • Score: 1

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