A GROUP of Torfaen county and and community councillors are taking part in a sponsored slim to raise money for the mayor’s charities and Prostate Cancer UK.

A weigh-in was held at Cold Barn Farm in Trevethin last Wednesday, and ten councillors have set weight loss targets they will be working towards until May 1.

Money raised will be split between Progress Prostate Cancer Support Group and the mayor of Torfaen Cllr Wayne Tomlinson’s chosen charities, Ty Hafan, The Willow Foundation and Alzheimer’s Society.

Torfaen councillor and Pontypool community councillor Giles Davies said: “I’m hoping to lose three stone and get back into 34 inch waist jeans.

“It’s going to be hard work, but it’s for great causes, plus I get to be skinny again.”

Torfaen MP Paul Murphy who attended the weigh-in said: “As the president of Progress Prostate Cancer Support Group, I was very happy to hear that these councillors are raising money for such a good cause.

“I wish them all luck.

“Progress does great work supporting patients and their families, raising awareness of prostate cancer and its symptoms and helping fund the research needed to develop more effective treatments.”

Councillors taking part are Anthony Hunt, Lewis Jones, John Marshall, Barry Taylor, Stuart Ashley, David Yeowell, Mike Jeremiah, Giles Davies, Gareth Davies, and Matthew Ford.