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Epping's Ben Murphy lost more than five stone in eight months for the Dream Factory
A former town mayor has completed a challenge to shed five stone for charity.
Ben Murphy, from Epping, lost five stone 12lbs in just eight months, raising thousands for the Dream Factory, which grants wishes for ill children.
The 29-year-old has gone from weighing 26 stone, to 20 stone and 2lbs, something which he believes is a major accomplishment.
He said: “Exercise was always a dirty word to me and I would do all I could to avoid it prior to beginning this challenge.
“There have been times when I thought about giving up but knowing what this money means to such an amazing charity kept me on track. I am so grateful to everyone who has been so generous in their giving.
“It is absolutely my intention to continue to lose weight.
The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills said: “We are very proud of all Ben has achieved.
“The money Ben has raised will go directly towards granting more dreams for children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. Our thanks go to everyone who has supported him.”
Further donations can be made online via http://www.justgiving.com/TheMurf or by ringing the charity on 020 8501 1234.
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