They’re used to losing hundreds of pounds but now big-hearted Slimming World members in Melton have turned their attention to raising them.
Members of the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Slimming World groups collected 47 bags of clothes they’ve successfully slimmed out of to raise money for Cancer Research UK as part of the national fundraising campaign the ‘Big Slimming World Clothes Throw’.
Consultant Mandy Cross, who runs the Wednesday morning group, says members were encouraged, along with their friends and families, to collect clothes, shoes and accessories they no longer need to generate stock for the Melton Cancer Research UK shop.
Melton consultants Mandy, Amy and Paula said: “This year’s Big Slimming World Clothes Throw event has been a fantastic success. We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of bags our members managed to collect for Cancer Research UK.
“It has been so rewarding to collect such a phenomenal amount of stock for such an incredible cause. It’s not just the group members who have cleared out their wardrobes - we’ve had great support from the whole community.
They added: “Members of the Melton Slimming World groups have lost an amazing 577 stones between them since January this year simply by making small changes to the way they shop, cook and eat and by becoming more active.
“The clothes throw is a perfect opportunity for all of us to celebrate our success, inspire other people and raise money for charity at the same time.
“There’s also a more serious side to our support for Cancer Research UK. One in two people are diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime, and being overweight can increase the chance of developing the disease. It’s vital we spread the message that healthy eating, being physically active and losing weight all help reduce the risk of developing cancer.”
The clothes collected by Slimming World will be donated to Cancer Research UK shops across the country, with each bag raising up to £25 for the charity. All profits go to support the charity’s life-saving work to help beat cancer sooner.
Eva Pone, manager of Melton’s Cancer Research UK shop, said: “We were thrilled to receive such a huge donation of clothing from our local Slimming World groups.
“The fundraising partnership between Slimming World and Cancer Research UK has been hugely successful. As well as raising funds to help us bring forward the day 200 types of cancer are cured, it’s vital to raise awareness of how adopting healthy habits can help people reduce their risk of developing cancer.”
The Slimming World groups meet every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Melton. To find out more visit www.slimmingworld.com or call Mandy on (01664) 567260.