A Sheffield musical director is taking the tubby out of tuba - and raising money for new instruments to boost his band.
Lee Dunkley, who plays the tuba and directs Loxley Silver Band, has set himself a weight loss challenge to lose three stone in just three months.
He is asking people to sponsor his challenge and money raised will be used to buy new instruments for the band.
Lee said: “My aim is to lose three stone by the end of July and whilst benefiting myself I’m very much hoping to benefit Loxley Silver Band by trying to raise some money towards a new instrument.
“I will be eternally grateful for any donations or sponsors, I express my huge thanks in advance for both your encouragement and support.
“I am suggesting £1 per pound, but all donations will be gratefully received.”
The band is hoping to buy a new tuba, which would cost around £6,000.
Loxley Silver Band is a working brass band that was set up more than 100 years ago.
It supports children and adults to learn to play music.
The band plays at a number of community events and has recently started a veterans’ band especially for older brass instrument players who want to get together regularly to play.
Band secretary, Stuart Young, joked: “We are happy with our MD’s decision and very much look forward to the prospect of being able to actually see our audiences at last.”
To make an online donation please go to: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/leetubaman