Kelly's Weight Loss is Hospice Gain!

Following the success of the Hospice of St Francis ‘Biggest Loser 2013’, organised in partnership with Sportspace, the top fundraiser Kelly Perryman, has enjoyed one of her prizes. Kelly raised over £3,000 for the hospice after being sponsored to lose weight as part of the part of the ‘Biggest Loser’ challenge. Kelly enjoyed a 2 hour ‘Colour Analysis’ session with local Image Coach Rebecca Dukes.

The aim of a session is to enable the client to discover a palette of colours that will harmonise with their skin tone, eye and hair colour. Everyone can wear every colour – it is all about getting the shades that are right. Wearing your best shades will make you appear younger, fresher and healthier! Kelly spent her session with Rebecca discovering exactly which shades are best for her and getting advice on clothing colours, plus hair and make up colour advice too!

The session involved draping an ordered coloured spectrum of fabrics near the Kelly’s face, observing the effect and using this to diagnose the most harmonious colour direction. Following the Colour Analysis session Rebecca gave Kelly a handbag sized swatch of her best colours which she can take with her every time she goes shopping. Following her success on the ‘Biggest Loser’ and armed with her swatch, Kelly has all the tools to enable her to go shopping for a new wardrobe of clothes to show off her new shape! Rebecca Dukes - Image Coach www.rebeccadukesimagecoach.co.uk Tel: 07808 549767

Kelly Perryman Image for Webpage 2015Kelly raised an impressive £3,058 and lost an equally impressive 42 llbs and has been spurred on all the way by the memory of her mum, Jackie Fisher, who sadly died of breast cancer last year (17 May 2012). Kelly, an Early Years Practitioner with two children of her own at Primary School, Eve (4) and May (7), took part in the challenge to give something back to the charity that helped her and her family care for her mother in the last months of her life. Her mum was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and, after a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, was in remission until the cancer was re-discovered in her spine in December 2010.

It was at that point that Juliet Allport, a Hospice of St Francis Community Clinical Nurse Specialist began the first of what were to become, latterly, almost daily visits to support her mother. Jackie was determined to die at home with her home comforts and family around her and Juliet was integral to making that happen.

Her dad and sister were alongside Kelly when Jackie died at the age of just 63 on May 17 2012. Kelly, continues, “The Hospice meant so much to mum and the care she received was exceptional. She fought as hard as she could but in the end she couldn’t beat the cancer.

Afterwards, all the family were numb with the shock but the Hospice continued to help us through this difficult time. “Dad went to the Pilgrim bereavement group, I saw a counsellor regularly (which I still do) and the girls have been encouraged to talk about their grief at pony days, a memorial Christmas party and through visits to a specialist children’s grief counsellor. “Just after Christmas I felt like I wanted to do something positive in mum’s memory. After mum died I dealt with my emotions through food and one day I saw a leaflet on the Hospice’s Biggest Loser fundraising challenge. I was the first to apply and I was delighted to be accepted.

The goal was to raise £500 each so I threw myself into fundraising to support my weight loss programme. I set up a Just Giving page, held coffee mornings at home, quiz nights at the local pub and made cupcakes for a local Chesham Comedy night. Once I started I found it was really easy to think of fundraising ideas which would appeal to friends and those in my local community. In the end I raised more money offline than online, which I’m really proud of, along with the fact that I raised 600% more than the minimum sponsorship requirement! “The challenge itself was fantastic.

As well as raising money for such a worthwhile local cause, I’ve also lost loads of weight, am so much healthier and have made some fantastic friends. The lady I was paired with had also lost her mum so we were able to spur each other on each week with the weight loss as well as laugh, cry and share stories about our experiences of losing our mums. “I’m fitter now that I’ve ever been and have lost a further 13lb since the challenge finished. My driving force has always been my mum.

“I wanted to give back to the Hospice, partly because you never know when you or your family may need their help and the love, support and care they give is so important, particularly for people who may not have close family around them at the end of life. Losing your mum is a hole you can never fill but doing fundraising in my mum’s name has definitely helped me with the grieving process and allowed me to give something back to such an exceptional charity. I hope mum would be so proud.”

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