A man who lost six stone in 10 months wants to inspire others to do the same by joining his Slimming World group.

45-year-old Barry Jones, from Harrow , is inviting Hillingdon residents to join his group after his confidence boosting journey.

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, work stresses and his niece's impending wedding on the horizon, Mr Jones vowed to make a fresh start in 2015 and joined Slimming World.

He told getwestlondon : “It's very scary to take that first leap of going through the doors, but once you come in, the support that you get from the team is fantastic, you become a family.

“There's good times and bad times and it's a real support network. It's a fantastic group.”

The slimmer lost 5.5lbs in his first week, and another 5 lbs the following week so he set himself a goal to lose three stone by his niece's wedding.

He said: “No food is out of reach it is just a matter of making sensible choices and limiting the bad things but you can still have them all the same. Chicken Korma, Mushroom Biryani & Spaghetti Bolognese are among my favourites.

“By the time the wedding came around in October I had lost just over 5 stone! The look on people’s faces from family and friends that attended the wedding was amazing.”

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Mr Jones, who works as a chauffeur, was offered training to become a consultant and take over the Hillingdon group.

He said: “I jumped on board and I’m so pleased that I have been accepted to become a member of this amazing team.

"I’ve become so much more confident and I love the whole experience and it is something I want to share with others!”

“I still have a little way to go before I reach my new target weight but I will be relaunching the Hillingdon group on Tuesday, December 29, so if you have been inspired and would love to come along, please do.”

The group is open to all: men, women and children aged 11 and over and will be held every Tuesday at 7pm in the school hall at Swakeleys School, in Clifton Gardens, Hillingdon.

If you have any queries you can call or text Barry on 07500 663747 or email barryajones@outlook.com.