A group of Frimley Park staff is encouraging people to join them on a New Year fitness drive to shed weight and raise cash.

The team of 12, who call themselves F Club, made a commitment to lose weight to raise money for the Breast Care Appeal in November last year and have already dropped a few pounds between them.

Now they are asking others to follow suit by setting themselves a sensible target weight and getting friends and family to sponsor them to get into shape.

Breast surgeon Ian Laidlaw came up with the money-raising scheme and roped in a few colleagues – among them chief executive Andrew Morris, director of nursing Nicola Ranger and fellow breast surgeon Isabella Karat.

“In addition to raising money for the appeal through sponsorship, there are some clear health benefits to losing weight,” Ian said. “In undertaking this challenge we also hope to promote these messages and encourage more staff and supporters to think about their weight and how they can achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Ian originally planned to lose weight in order to get fit for the Tour de Frimley a European Cycle Challenge later in 2014. In the process he saw an opportunity to raise money along the way.

As an added incentive, if he fails to achieve his target weight of 100kgs by April he has pledged to stump up shortfall in money that would have been raised.

The F Club team is being supported by dietitians Sarah Wallis and Natasha Mir and by fitness coach Tom Laidlaw – Ian’s son – of Farnham-based Core4Fitness.

To sponsor Ian and team or find out more about the challenge, visit . If you feel inspired to join in you will find helpful tips on the website too.

For details on how to donate, please pick up a copy of the News & Mail.