Local slimmers shed clothes to raise pounds for charity

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Generous slimmers from Busby and Kings Park have raised £2500 for charity by donating the clothes they’ve successfully slimmed out of and know they’ll no longer need.

Hundreds of bags of clothes, shoes and accessories have been collected as part of the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw, held at the Busby and Kings Park Slimming World groups.

The bags will be donated to Cancer Research UK shops in the area as part of the national fundraising drive being run by the weight-loss organisation.

Slimming World also aims to raise awareness of how keeping a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing some types of cancer.

Each of the filled bags is worth around £25 to the charity, and this year’s campaign is aiming tobeat the total raised in 2017 – a whopping £3.3million in just two weeks. The campaign is now in its sixth year.

Linda Parrott who runs the Slimming World groups, is delighted to have raised so much money for charity.

She said: “I can’t quite believe how many bags we managed to collect – I knew my members were amazing but I didn’t expect such an incredible level of effort – wow!

“It was almost like a purple sea of bags in group! Collecting them up to take to local Cancer Research UK shops was a real workout in itself but all so worth it. To raise such a phenomenal amount for a charity that does so much to beat cancer, feels amazing.

“When my members lose weight – together they’ve lost 222 stones since January – I see more than just a physical transformation. Above all, I see their confidence bloom. Many go from nervous and shy new members who are very uncomfortable with the way they look, to confident, healthy and happy individuals with a new lease of life and a twinkle in their eye. They learn to remove feelings of guilt around food, and instead feel empowered by all the Free Food they can enjoy on Slimming World’s healthy eating plan Food Optimising.

“Through Food Optimising, they learn not just to change the way they feel about themselves, but also to change the way they think about food by making small changes to the way they shop, cook and eat, and the weight soon falls off without them ever feeling like they are on a ‘diet’. There is no diet, it’s a lifestyle change!”

Linda continued: “Members also make friends in group, they celebrate success together and they are there for one another through the more challenging times too.

“Many of them have so much energy thanks to losing weight they get more active – walking, swimming, dancing… the list goes on! I’m so proud of how our group come together. So many people don’t know how much of a difference losing weight can make to health – including reducing the risk of developing cancer. “Hopefully this campaign and our efforts for charity will help inspire more people to improve their health and change their lives by losing weight too.”

Anyone who would like to find out more about Slimming World is invited to get in touch with Linda, who runs the Busby group every Tuesday at 7.30pm at Busby Masonic Hall Hawthorn Road and Thursday at The Beechwood 156 Ardmay Crescent or call Linda on 07730349212.