Inspired by examples of kind gestures by the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic, staff members at a local paper mill decided they wanted to pull their weight too.
Four members of B Shift at the Portals Paper mill in Bathford took on a weight loss challenge to help raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal, the charity for the Royal United Hospital.
Dave Collins, Neil Livall, Andy Dagger and Andy Wilcox weighed in and kept a record of their progress.
Over 16 weeks they lost 46 kilos between them, just over 7 stone, but more importantly raised over £1,400 for the charity.
Dave said: “The weekly weigh-ins always created a bit of banter and some were keener than others to step on the scales, depending if the weekend before had been a bit full on!
“Thanks for everyone’s support, including the company which contributed £540. We want to give all the staff at the RUH our best wishes in these testing times.”
After the first weigh-in, they also all paid for take-away pizzas to be delivered to RUH staff working both the day and night shifts over a weekend to show how much they are much appreciated.
Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “What a great achievement by B Shift. We really appreciate the support the hospital receives from local firms such as Portals.
“Their donation will be used to further improve facilities, services and fund specialist medical equipment to help make real difference to patients and their families being treated and cared for at the RUH.”