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What a WAIT off Jaddoo’s mind!

BIG BOY: Jaddoo with Marcia Lewinson

WHEN DESMOND Jaddoo’s wife said she wanted a new man for her wedding anniversary later this year, her husband knew it was time to take action.

So the big man made the big announcement and has revealed he hopes to lose more than five stones before July – while raising money for the woman’s charity WAITS – Women Acting in Today’s Society.

Jaddoo, a well-known community activist and the founder of Birmingham Empowerment Forum, publicly announced his current weight on NewStyle Radio, Birmingham’s station for the African and Caribbean community.

And the figures currently stand at 143 kg, which roughly translates into about 22 stones and 8 pounds. Jaddoo has vowed to be around the 17-stone mark by the summer.

But his wife is not the only woman delighted by this decision: Marcia Lewinson, chief executive officer of WAITS, is over the moon that his sponsored slim will boost her charity.

WAITS, an educational charity was launched in the West Midlands in 1992 to enable women to develop themselves, their families and their communities.

It supports women accessing welfare benefits, employment and education, business development, resettlement, domestic abuse, isolation, health, crime and the fear of crime.

Marcia said: “Our aim is to ensure women get their voices heard and Desmond’s support is invaluable as it will raise the profile of our charity. We’re so grateful he has chosen us.

“The money raised will go towards supporting our domestic abuse project and our Edgbaston-based women’s refuge.”

Jaddoo, who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, says he has already lost a considerable amount of weight by walking and visiting the gym. He hopes to keep up a steady loss by also leading regular evening community fitness walks around Aston Park from next month.

The plan is to meet up at 7pm by the Trinity Road play centre, opposite Aston Villa Football Ground on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for a half-hour walk, starting on Wednesday April 3.

Jaddoo said: “When the weather improves and the lighter evenings begin I thought it would be an excellent way to get the community out there walking too, so we can all get fitter together. This whole thing has to be fun as well!”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Jaddoo can email Marcia at:, or

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