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Ruby Appeal

Snooker player Willie Thorne
Willie lends his support to the appeal

Willie joins the Ruby Rainbow Appeal

Leicester-born snooker player and commentator Willie Thorne has pledged to raise money for BBC Radio Leicester's Ruby Rainbow Appeal by getting sponsored to lose at least two stone!

Willie Thorne has been a patron of the Rainbows Children's Hospice near Loughborough for nearly three years, and now he's pledged to give his support to BBC Radio Leicester's Ruby Rainbow Appeal.

BBC Radio Leicester's Martin Ballard spoke to Willie about how he's going to raise 20,000 for the Ruby Rainbow Appeal...

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"Everybody tries to be happy there, obviously they have bereavements there on a regular basis and that's very very sad, but they make it a happy place."
Willie Thorne, Snooker player

Willie says that recently he's been thinking that he's put on a little too much weight, and when he stood on the scales he was shocked to discover that he weighs 18 stone and 5 pounds.

He thought that he would weigh around 17 stone, so he's decided that he will lose at least two stone by the end of the Snooker World Championships on 07 May 2007.

His target weight is approximately 15 and a half stone, but he thinks that 16 stone is a realistic target.

Rosemary lends a hand

Willie's enlisted another Leicestershire celebrity to help him lose those pounds - health and fitness guru Rosemary Conley.

She's going to provide him with a diet plan and weigh him at various stages between now and 07 May to keep track of his progress.

"A happy place"

Willie Thorne and Dave Andrews
Willie is given his Ruby wristband

Willie's hoping that businesses and individuals will sponsor his diet, as he's hoping to raise 20,000 for the Ruby Rainbow Appeal, a cause that he feels very strongly about:

"It is weird really, you would think it'd be a very very sad place, but you couldn't be more far away from the truth.

"Everybody tries to be happy there, obviously they have bereavements there on a regular basis and that's very very sad, but they make it a happy place not only for the children but for the parents as well, and I just try and pop over whenever I can...

"I just think it's a tremendous place and let's just hope it's going to continue to be a happy place."

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