Losing weight and raising pounds for a good cause

Street Scene Team after 100 days on the Lose Weight Feel Great Challenge

They’ve gone from shifting waste to losing weight

The team responsible for keeping Wigan Borough’s streets clean and parks green decided it was time for some personal maintenance.

And after just 12 weeks the six-strong team have lost a whopping eight stone and raised £1,000 for charity in the process.

In September 2018, Mark Burchall, Peter Hollinrake, Ian Sayer, Andrew Bond, Stan Rigby and Mike Cheers, who work in Wigan Council’s StreetScene Team signed up for the Lose Weight Feel Great for Men programme.

Each had their own individual motives and reasons for joining – ranging from lowering the need for medication to gaining confidence – but they joined together as a team and set themselves the challenge of losing 100lbs in 100 days and raising as much money for Prostate Cancer UK as they could.

Three months later they were much lighter, losing a total 8.4 Stone (117 lbs / 53.07 Kg) between them and have raised £1,000….. and counting ….. in online and offline donations.

Lose Weight Feel Great for Men is a free 12-week programme which allows you to lose weight in a way you feel comfortable, with six programmes to choose from including touch rugby, team fitness and one to one sessions. StreetScene found working as a team the best way for them.

From day one the group worked together supporting one another during sessions and over Whatsapp group messaging.

By day 70 the team had lost their target of 100lbs and pushed on to their next milestone. Each member set out to lose five per cent of their body weight and every man beat his target.

Following the end of their 12 weeks the six of them continue to work out together, attending gym classes, jogging and eating healthily.

The free programme consisted of weekly sessions which start with a weigh in, followed by conversation around nutritional advice and behaviour change followed by warm-up games like football and dodgeball which promote team building. Following a short break the team would then do circuits and cardio exercises.

Stretches and lively chat would end the session which were coordinated weekly by Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles Wellbeing Coach, Murray MacLennan.

Pete Burt, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles managing director, said: “Lose Weight Feel Great for Men has had a successful first year supporting many in losing weight in a way that works for them. The camaraderie between Andy, Mark, Mike, Peter, Stan and Ian showcases wonderfully the spirit and the benefits of the programme.”

Peter Hollinrake, 56, who lost 14.99lbs, 5.12 per cent total bodyweight loss said: “The course is inspiring, life changing and the sessions are well run and structured.”

Stan Rigby, the youngest member of the group at 22, lost 28.89lbs, 12.52 per cent total bodyweight loss said: “Life has completely changed, I have come out of my shell and will be joining the gym with my mates.”

Andrew Bond, 53, lost 25.58lbs, 10.65 per cent total body weight loss said: “Old, overweight, and clothes being uncomfortable prompted a lifestyle change. An excellent scheme for men of a certain age.”

Ian Sayer, 54, lost 15.66lbs, 7.68 per cent total bodyweight loss said: “At the beginning of the year I was on 2 kinds of blood pressure medication because my cholesterol level was just under 9. My cholesterol came down to 5.9 after 3 sessions.”

Mark Burchall, 49, lost 5.38lbs, 5.38 per cent total weight loss said: “Great lifestyle change in a short time and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to lose weight and get fitter.” 

Mike Cheers, 53, lost 18.74lbs, 6.84 per cent total bodyweight loss said: “What I like about the sessions – belonging to a group that had the same abilities and goals.”

The team kept people up to date with progress by posting photos and progress on their Just Giving page which is still seeing donations being made.

Lose Weight Feel Great for Men, now in the end of its first year, is run jointly between Wigan Council, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, Wigan Athletics Community Trust, Wigan Warriors Community Foundation.

Find out more and sign up to Lose Weight Feel Great For Men here.

Street Scene Team on Day 1
The Team before they started the challenge