Pockthorpe resident raises money for Excel Appeal during sponsored slim

Malcolm Duffey, 64, of Pockthorpe, who has raised money for the ExCel Appeal.

Malcolm Duffey, 64, of Pockthorpe, who has raised money for the ExCel Appeal. - Credit: Archant

The first thing Malcolm Duffey did after his sponsored slim ended was to tuck into a Mars bar. Mr Duffey, of Pockthorpe, deserved his chocolate treat after shedding 17lb to raise funds for Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Excel Appeal.

The appeal, supported by the EDP, aims to raise £50,000 for specialist equipment, such as falls prevention kit, recliner chairs, and dementia software, which will all improve the hospital's care of the elderly.

Since starting his sponsored weight-loss programme in January, Mr Duffey has raised £737 for the appeal.

Mr Duffey, a semi-retired businessman who helped set up Belton Duffey Estate Agents in King's Lynn, said: 'I was hoping to lose two stone.

'The trouble was it was very hard to say no to things offered when you're socialising with people.

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'The first three weeks were the hardest.'

He also cut down on carbohydrates but admitted that staying away from chocolate was a struggle.

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Despite the difficulties of sometimes refusing food or drink, Mr Duffey still managed to avoid drinking any alcohol throughout the sponsored slim.

He said it was important to him to try and keep eating healthily even though the sponsored slim had ended.

'I did feel like I had more energy as a result of what I was eating,' he added.

To donate to the appeal visit www.justgiving.com/qehkl-excelappeal, or fill in the coupon (right) or pay by cheque: payable to 'Excel Appeal' and send to Laurence Morlaàs, fundraising executive, QEH, Gayton Road, King's Lynn PE30 4ET.

Are you fundraising for the Excel Appeal? Email nicholas.carding@archant.co.uk

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