Newbury Park brewery owner attempts to lose 10 stone for charity after death of friend’s daughter

Brewer Chris Penny is hoping to lose weight for charity

Brewer Chris Penny is hoping to lose weight for charity - Credit: Archant

A microbrewery owner from Newbury Park has decided to shed the pounds in a sponsored diet to raise money for charity after his friend’s nine-year-old daughter lost her battle with leukaemia earlier this year.

Accountant and part-founder of the Ha’penny Brewery, Chris Penny, of Quebec Road, decided to embark on a life-altering task to raise money and awareness for the charity, Children with Cancer UK.

The 33-year-old is taking part in a sponsored diet to help raise funds for the charity and thank them for helping his school friend, Amanda Conway’s daughter, Louise before she died in February.

Weighing 31 stone, Chris started the Slimming World diet on June 18, cutting out all favourites including crisps, fizzy drinks and chocolate, and intends to lose 10 stone in a year.

After only nine weeks, he is on target after losing three stone, which he hopes will help improve his fitness levels.

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He said: “It has been difficult in a way, as I’ve never attempted dieting before but I thought it would be harder than I’m finding it at the moment. The thought of raising money for a charity makes it easier, because I can’t let them down.

“Having seen what leukaemia does to a family and seeing how charities like Children with Cancer UK help I decided that I wanted to try and raise as much money and awareness as I can for them, so they can continue their great work.”

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Chris, who hopes to raise £1,000, added: “What I’m missing the most is beer, not being able to sit there and sample our own products willy nilly is a pain, but it hasn’t been too hard yet, although it has only been eight weeks.”

To sponsor Chris during his fundraising mission and to support this great cause, please visit for more information.

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