Members of Slimming World in Southport have shown their support for Cancer Research UK through the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw.
Slimming World has supported Cancer Research UK and the Irish Cancer Society since 2013 and has raised more than £18 million up to 2023. The organisation hopes to take that total to well over £20 million this year with the final figure due to be announced.
The total number of bags collected by Slimming World groups in Southport is 896.
Each bag is worth between £25 and £30 with Gift Aid so the total maximum raised was £26,880.
As well as being an incredible opportunity to raise money for two worthwhile causes, Cancer Research UK and the Irish Cancer Society, it’s also a fantastic way to celebrate the life-changing success of our members as they’ve slimmed out of their old clothes and, with Slimming World, have committed to making healthy changes for life.
From 16th – 29th April, the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw raised funds by encouraging members to donate the clothes they’ve slimmed out of to their local Cancer Research UK and Irish Cancer Society shops and in our groups.
The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw 2023 gives members a chance to celebrate the difference that they’ve made to their health and the reduced risk of a range of health conditions including some types of cancer, whether they’ve dropped one dress or waist size, or six.
Fiona Foulder, Southport’s Slimming World Team Developer said:
“In Southport, our collections were so big we had to organise Cancer Research vans to collect from two of our venues. Thank you to Kew Church and St Simon and St Jude’s Church for their support. Our consultants really do an amazing job of getting their members behind the Clothes Throw every year and working together to ensure it’s a success.”
Dee Wright, local consultant said:
“The Slimming World programme, is based on real and sustainable behaviour change, it helps slimmers to achieve their weight-loss goals from week one. Through weekly support they learn how to make changes to their eating habits and start to include vegetables, fruit and high fibre foods into their regular diet. The support that members get at their weekly group helps them to commit to their goals, take control and develop the confidence to overcome challenges. And dropping dress and trouser sizes along the way means they can make these incredible donations.”
Jayne Norbury, another of the local consultants said:
“Being overweight has been shown to increase the risk of developing some types of cancer. It doesn’t mean that someone will definitely develop cancer, but it makes it more likely that someone will develop it, than if they are a healthy weight. A person’s exact risk will depend on lots of factors, including things they can’t change such as age and genetics.”
Research shows that losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight could prevent around 22,800 cases of cancer every year in the UK, and reduce the risk of 13 types of cancer – such as breast, bowel, womb, ovarian and gall bladder cancers.
Sheila Bolton, also based in Southport said:
“As a team we are incredibly proud of our members weight loss achievements and the Clothes Throw donations made, logistically getting it all to the venues isn’t easy but it’s totally worth it when we see the bags collected loaded onto the vans and total up the amount raised”.
The team would like to thank all who took part. If anyone would like to join a Slimming World groups, they can visit slimmingworld.co.uk/find a local group
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