They are used to losing hundreds of pounds but now big-hearted slimmers in Pocklington, Market Weighton and Holme-on-Spalding Moor have turned their attention to raising them.
Local members of weight loss organisation Slimming World collected 162 bags of clothes that they have successfully slimmed out of to raise money for Cancer Research UK as part of the national fundraising campaign, the ‘Big Slimming World Clothes Throw’. Their efforts could potentially raise about £4,000 for the cancer charity.
Consultants Jayne Pitcher, Jo Longley and Maria Taylor encouraged members, their friends and families to collect the clothes, shoes and accessories they no longer need to generate stock for Beverley Cancer Research UK shop
Jayne said: “This year’s Big Slimming World Clothes Throw event has been a fantastic success and I was overwhelmed by the amount of bags my members managed to collect for Cancer Research UK, they really are amazing! It was a fantastic atmosphere in group and it was so rewarding to raise such a phenomenal amount of stock for such an incredible cause.
“It’s not just members of the group who have cleared out their wardrobes, we’ve had great support from the whole community. I’m still buzzing from all the donations we’ve had!
“Because our members are so sure they’ll never need their ‘big’ clothes again, when we told them about the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw they couldn’t wait to bag them up and donate them to charity.”
Slimming World members in the area have lost an amazing 603 stones between them since January this year by making small changes to the way they shop, cook and eat and by becoming more active.
Jayne added: “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 is also a more serious side to our support for Cancer Research UK however, 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 is vital we spread the message that healthy eating, being physically active and losing weight by adopting healthy habits all help reduce the risk of developing cancer.”