Dieting DJs lost pounds and gained a crown

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Two Hospital Radio presenters – who went on a sponsored diet to raise money for the broadcaster – have been presented with a national award.

Last summer, Scott Wall and Shaun Gill set out to raise £3500 by each losing 35lbs to mark the radio station’s 35th anniversary.

The money the pair raised has been put towards refurbishing the second studio, which cost in excess of £12,000.

At the National Hospital Broadcasting Awards, the duo – who were nominated for Best Outside Broadcast – came away with a different trophy, that of Fundraiser of the Year 2013.


Fat Boys Slim! Harrogate Hospital Radio presenters Scott Wall (left) and Shaun Gill with their national award for their fund-raising activities
Fat Boys Slim! Radio presenters Scott Wall (left) and Shaun Gill with their national award for their fund-raising activities


Last summer the pair – who called themselves the Dieting DJs – undertook a series of challenges, including running 35km between them on a treadmill, during a live broadcast from the town’s Nuffield Health & Fitness Centre.

They followed this up by another live outside broadcast at Harrogate’s Victoria Shopping Centre, where they upped their game and each power-walked 35km in six hours.

The 19-week challenge gained a huge following via social media, and the Dieting DJs smashed their target by more than £1,500.

50lb lighter, Shaun said:

It was great that so many people supported us during our fund-raising challenge and both Scott and I were overwhelmed by the encouragement and donations we received.


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Scott said:

Receiving this trophy at the awards night was a huge surprise to both of us. We couldn’t believe it when our names were called out. I too want to thank everyone who helped us not only reach our target, but beat it.


Harrogate Hospital Radio chairman Ian Wighton said:

We are incredibly proud of Scott and Shaun.

The dedication and enthusiasm they put into the challenge was very commendable. It’s great that their efforts have been recognised at a national level.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the charity radio station, and the work it does, should contact Mr Wighton at the station on 01423 553 342.

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