Joy kicks the fat to become coach

NOT JUST FOR KICKS: Joy Fenton-Jones has set up women's football sessions in Castle Hedingham after seeing the benefits exercise can have on people with mental health issues.
NOT JUST FOR KICKS: Joy Fenton-Jones has set up women's football sessions in Castle Hedingham after seeing the benefits exercise can have on people with mental health issues.
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A gospel singer who shed six stone in a year has helped set up football coaching sessions to help people with mental health problems.

Joy Fenton-Jones, who moved to Bayley Street in Castle Hedingham in 2004, suffered with depression and weight problems and ballooned to 15-and-a-half stone last year.

“I was always sleepy and didn’t feel myself,” she said. “I couldn’t bear to look in the mirror. I decided I really wanted to get out of it, so I started running.”

Mrs Fenton-Jones, who has three children, Festus, 12, who lives in Nigeria, and Joshua, six, and Tarinabo, five, who go to De Vere School in Castle Hedingham, regularly runs up to 15 miles in a day through the surrounding villages.

She now weighs nine-and-a-half stone and sings once a week with a London gospel choir, as well as coaching women’s football sessions at Hedingham School.

The sessions take place on Tuesdays between 6.30pm and 7.30pm at Hedingham School in Yeldham Road, and cost £2.50.