Richmondshire slimmers donate ‘before’ clothes to charity

Slimming consultants Annette Wing and Charis Blease.

Kind-hearted slimmers in Leyburn and Richmond are clearing out their wardrobes and donating clothes they have successfully slimmed out of for an event in support of Cancer Research UK that aims to raise £3m.

The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw is a two-week long event that runs in Slimming World groups across the UK from 5th  to the 18th June.

Members confident enough to know they’ll never need their ‘before’ clothes again are being invited to donate clothes, shoes, bags and accessories to local Cancer Research UK shops, by collecting them in special bags and taking them along to their weekly group.

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Last year, The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw raised £2.1m and this year it is set to be bigger and better.

New for 2017, group members who find one of the 4,000 specially-branded golden bags to donate their clothes in will be entered into a prize draw, giving them a chance to meet a mysterious celebrity who is a big supporter of Cancer Research UK, or win shopping vouchers to replace the clothes they’ve kindly donated.

Local weight loss consultant Charis Blease, who runs the Richmond Slimming World groups, is so confident that her members will never need to see their larger clothes again and is expecting a record fundraising amount this year.

She said “Lots of people don’t know that keeping a healthy weight helps reduce the risk of developing some types of cancer. The Clothes Throw is a really good opportunity to remind people of the importance of maintaining a healthy weight, as well as a chance for the members who have done so well to celebrate their amazing weight losses by saying goodbye to their ‘before’ clothes.”

Members of Leyburn Slimming World group say they are looking forward to taking part, and can’t wait to celebrate their weight loss with the charity event.

Consultant Annette Wing said: “We’ve all been putting bits aside for a couple of weeks now, ready to bag it all up in June – clothes that no longer fit, belts we’ve grown too small for, there are even shoes that seem to be a bit too roomy now.”

Anyone who would like to take part in The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw or find out more about Slimming World is invited to get in touch with Annette on 07879 559336 or Charis on 07807 226769.

Groups are held in Richmond, Mondays 5.30pm and 7.30pm at The Kings Head Hotel or Thursdays 9.30am, 5.30pm and 7.30pm at Richmond Cricket Club.

Leyburn groups meet on Wednesdays at 9am, 5.30pm and 7.30pm at The Old School House.