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This Time Next Year: Foster dad loses eight stone | Entertainment Daily
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This Time Next Year viewers are “so proud” of foster carer who lost 8 stone to become a better dad

He was "an inspiration" to watchers at home

It’s not unusual for viewers of This Time Next Year to be left in bits at the end of the show, but no one was prepared for the “inspiring” and “amazing” story of Darren.

On Tuesday (19 February), the foster carer appeared on Davina McCall’s entertainment series which showcases an array of incredible real-life transformations.

Darren as he was on This Time Next Year (Credit: ITV)

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Clinically obese, Darren revealed his desire to lose 10 stone and get healthier for the sake of his foster kids.

Appearing exactly one year later, he stunned viewers when he returned after losing an amazing eight stone.

He told Davina: “I feel amazing. This is the beginning, my life’s changed so much.”

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Darren after losing eight stone and, tragically, his dad (Credit: ITV)

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Even more impressive, Darren has managed to lose the weight despite suffering an unexpected family tragedy.

He told Davina that his dad had died last year, saying: “When I first went on to do this, one of the people that was happiest was my dad.

“And, at the end of August, he died.”

Darren had every right to be proud of himself (Credit: ITV)

He continued: “And you just think, ‘No, I’ve just got to get on with this’. So all of this as well, it was so hard.”

As Davina expressed her sadness at the news, viewers flocked to express their admiration for the man on Twitter.

One fan write: “I love this show… So proud of the first chap tonight. Foster carer extraordinaire! Amazing, fabulous man and so very lovely! Well done Darren.”

Another said: “Wow! Darren is an absolute inspiration to many! Well done Darren  @TTNY_UK @ThisisDavina #ThisTimeNextYear.”

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A third gushed: “Was just on while I was folding up washing and now I’m sat nearly in tears watching this guy achieve his goals. Top man! Darren! Hard work paid off and he looks fabulous! What a lovely soul! #ThisTimeNextYear.”

“Aw Darren,” said another. “I’m in bits.”

There were plenty more tears to come on the show, too, as Davina met a teenager intent on joining the police force, a brave grandmother keen to reclaim her independence, and a couple longing for a baby.

Cue Davina looking misty-eyed into the face of a newborn. Awwwww!

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