Louth woman battles weight for her daughter’s life-savers

Stacie in January this year (inset) and six stone lighter in September. EMN-140110-113417001
Stacie in January this year (inset) and six stone lighter in September. EMN-140110-113417001

A Louth woman has taken on an epic weight loss challenge to raise money for the charity that helped save her young daughter’s life.

Stacie Watts, 28, has struggled with her weight for over six years and decided to begin the challenge back in January after putting on weight following the birth of her third child, Riley.

She began to follow the Terri-Ann 123 diet plan with the aim of losing 5st 7lbs by November this year - but by the beginning of September she had already lost six stone.

In the process, Stacie has been able to raise over £300 for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund in honour of her daughter Ellie Mae.

Ellie Mae was born in December 2010 with Down’s Syndrome and two heart conditions, atrial septal defect (ASD) and ventricular septal defect (VSD).

Stacie said: “At six months, Ellie Mae underwent life-saving heart surgery in Leeds, and this spurred me to do a sponsored walk and a fun day raising money for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.”

Just a couple of years later, Stacie’s weight crept up to a size 26 after giving birth to Riley in 2013.

Stacie said: “I decided it was time to do something as I was always feeling tired and out of breath, so I knew if I did it for charity after everything Ellie Mae went through I could give up the bad foods in my life.”

In addition to losing six stone in just eight months, Stacie has also dropped six dress sizes and hopes to lose another two stone.

Visit Stacie’s fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/stacie-watts if you would like to sponsor her slimming and make a donation to the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.