Slimmers come together to keep active and fight cancer

Slimmers waled around Bedale Athletic Sports Association grounds for charity.

Dozens of Richmondshire and Hambleton women and men took part in the Walk All Over Cancer with Slimming World campaign at the weekend.

Undertaking a 5k walk around the Bedale Athletic Sports Association grounds on Sunday, the slimmers, who have lost 108st 4lbs between them, enjoyed the sunny weather while keeping active and healthy – an achievement many of the group members would never have dreamed possible before losing weight.

The women who took part all attend groups in North Yorkshire and raised awareness of the fact that keeping a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing 13 types of cancer.

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Elaine Lamb, consultant and team developer at Slimming World, said: “In group we talk about easy ways to fit steps into our everyday lives and I soon realised how much more I could be walking without much more effort.

“Parking the car further from work, walking with friends, getting off the bus a stop early, playing with the kids, taking the stairs instead of the lift – you soon find easy ways to fit in more steps and build up activity levels at a pace that suits you.

“We had lovely weather for our walk and in true Slimming World-style our members, their friends and families were out in force to support each other.

“They showed just what can be done when we come together – both in terms of achieving something amazing and raising money for a great cause too.”

She added: “I’m so proud of all of my members. In our groups we all support each other to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. It’s amazing to see just how much of a difference their weight loss has made.

“Getting active doesn’t have to be joining the gym or running marathons. It can be walking the kids to school, doing the gardening, hitting the dance floor – anything that raises the heart rate a little counts under our Body Magic activity programme.

“I’m sure our members will inspire more people to get active and improve their health, while also raising awareness of the links between obesity and cancer.

The money raised will go towards Cancer Research UK.