Derby County fans Ken and Jim Lyon have found an innovative way of raising funds for the Padley Group, combining their love of beating Nottingham Forest and the need to lose some weight to raise over £2000 (inc. gift aid).

The Lyon’s took on Forest fans Andrew and Stan Pasiak in a diet challenge that began at the start of January and finished on the 10 March, the weekend of Forest v Derby.  Both teams put in a big effort, but it was the Derby boys who came out on top – losing a combined total of 59 Lbs, or 14.9% of their opening bodyweight.

“It just seemed a win, win scenario – all four of us needed to lose quite a bit of weight – and we thought it would be a great opportunity to help the Padley Group in their fight against homelessness” said Ken who lost 37 Lbs to end on spritely 10 stone 6 lbs “the cold weather this year has brought into sharp focus the vital work that Padley do – and it is a pleasure to be able to contribute to it.”

“I have been amazed by the support that we’ve had from all sorts of people” say Jim, who has dropped from 15 stone 3 to 13 stone 9 “we’ve had over 80 individuals sponsor us and hundreds interact by media and social media, all of whom have been positively engaged with the work of Padley and the role it plays in supporting vulnerable people stabilise and rehabilitate.”

Team Forest also performed really well – losing a combined total of 37 Lbs (8.9% of their starting weight) – and are hoping to smash their £1000 target for the Friary in Nottinghamshire.  “It’s been a great effort all round” says Andrew “and it’s been a really a good way of getting healthy and making a positive contribution to society – I’m really proud of our achievement.”

“It really feels like the type of challenge others could do” Ken continues “realistically over 60% of adults in the UK are overweight or obese – and although diets are always hard – this is certainly the most rewarding one I’ve ever been on and having had so many people sponsor us and cheering us on has really helped keep up the focus – I’d definitely encourage others to do it.”

“The competitive element is good too – and although we’re pleased to win, really there are no losers in this particular competition.”    

So far they have raised £2411.70

If you would like to support Ken and Jim you can sponsor them here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jim-lyon1

Well done Ken & Jim and thank you so much from everyone at Padley