Turning pounds into pounds

Edith Douglas presents the �500 cheque to James Gray-Cheape.
Edith Douglas presents the �500 cheque to James Gray-Cheape.

A group of local friends who have battled the bulge for a number of years have come up with their novel weight loss ‘class’ which has raised much needed funds for a local charity.

The group, which calls itself the ‘Fat Class’, has met for over 10 years at the Forfar home of Edith Douglas.

Fed up with trying various diets, the members decided to go it alone.

Edith said: “It is a really private thing. We meet in my kitchen on a Tuesday evening. It is a very social thing, not a slimming club.

“It started about 10 years ago when my friends and I met up after the new year and said we really needed to do something. We had been going to various classes but started out on our own.

“People come and go. We have 12 now but have been up as far as 20.”

A week past Tuesday Edith and her friends presented a cheque for £500 to James Gray-Cheape of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

The money was raised over the past year by the weight watching members who decided the funds should be donated to the national charity air ambulance. Penalties for not losing pounds has meant the life-saving charity has gained pounds sterling.

Edith continued: “The class is just for family and friends. Every Tuesday we pay £1 to get weighed.

“If you put on a pound you pay £1, up to a maximum of four.

“If you lose a pound you still pay the £1 to get weighed.

“If you lose two pounds you pay nothing. It is to encourage people to lose weight but we yo-yo up and down!”

When asked if all the funds raised during the year are donated to charity Edith confessed: “We have a slap up meal once a year but decided the surplus we make should be donated to charity; we decided to give the money to the charity air ambulance as it is local.”

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance launched on May 22, 2013. From its base at Perth Airport it is well positioned geographically to reach 90 per cent of Scotland’s population within 25 minutes. It is also ideally placed to reach some of Scotland’s remotest areas within a 15 to 30 minute timeframe. It relies 100 per cent on donations from its supporters.