A PRIEST is attempting to lose weight for a good cause - to raise funds for his church.
Father Tony Slingo is doing a sponsored slim to raise money for a floor for St Teresa’s RC Church in Up Holland.
He aims to lose two stone and has asked other parishioners to join in.
He said: “We have been improving our church and the next stage is getting new flooring.
“The sponsored slim was the brainchild of our leader of fund-raising, Teresa Collins, who thought that after Christmas, lots of people would want to lose weight, and she asked if I would do a sponsored slim to raise money.
“I thought it would be a chance for me to get help, as I have been trying for years to lose weight.
“There is the biblical phrase that the Word of God became flesh and the idea that there is too much flesh and not enough sprit.
“I feel I have too much flesh and so I am going to change my lifestyle and slow down.
“I am going to continue walking and will walk for half an hour a day. I don’t know how much we are going to raise but we have invited others who are keen to lose weight to join in.”
As the church is a listed building, it needs an exact replica of the tiled flooring already in place.
The replacement flooring will cost £20,000 and parishioners at the church have already raised £7,000.
Parishioners have also raised money to go towards painting, lighting and a terrace, through various fund-raising events including bingo, plant sales and a gold collection.
Teresa Collins, treasurer of the church, said: “I think Fr Slingo is very brave. I believe it will do him good.
“I am glad he has agreed to do it, as it will be good for the parish to see him raise money for the church.
“Jenny McQuire, one of our parishioners, is a life coach and has offered to set up a group to join with Fr Tony and encourage him in healthy eating and living.
“This should be a good spin off for the parish to follow Cafod’s Live Simply, Sustainably and in Solidarity with Others in Need idea.”