Staff at Russell Roof Tiles have raised over £2,000 for local causes as a result of a weight-loss challenge.

As a part of the company’s charity fundraising initiative, Give 4 Good, 21 team members stepped up to shed the Christmas pounds, and took a whole-body approach to their wellbeing, in a mission to lose 21 stone collectively.

Finding themselves even bigger losers than they had expected, the staff exceeded their target weight loss, shedding 23 stone 11lbs in total.

By pledging £100, each team member signed up to lose a minimum of one stone. The staff who reached their target saw Russell Roof Tiles match-donate £100 to the Give 4 Good pot.

The Russell Roof Tiles Give 4 Good programme helps the local community, and many charities will benefit from the money raised.

Having raised over £55,000 in 2022, the firm now has over £2,000 from the weight loss challenge to the 2023 pot, on the way to a £40,000 target for the year.

The staff taking part were based at the company’s three sites, and included the sales, financial, technical and operations team. Customer Service Director Paul McLoughlin, Finance Manager, Gary Gough, and Purchase Ledger Administrator, Theresa Ensor were the biggest shedders and topped the leader board for the challenge.

Andrew Haywood, Managing Director at Russell Roof Tiles, who lost 5Ibs himself during the challenge, said: “The whole team have exceeded our expectations and we could not be prouder of what we have achieved.

“We have successfully shed the festive weight whilst raising a great amount of money to support the local community. We really wanted to  encourage anyone in the team who wanted to drop a few extra festive pounds in a sensible and safe way.   

“There will be more charity efforts to come throughout the year and we can’t wait to continue fundraising through some more exciting events.”

The weight loss challenge was the first charity initiative of the year for Russell Roof Tiles. It comes ahead of the teams skydive set to take place in July.

Charities such as Mind - Burton and District, Burton YMCA, The Young Ones Burton, and Burton Soup Kitchen will benefit from the Give 4 Good fundraising initiative this year.