Slimmers throw themselves into fundraising campaign

Julia Burn and Suzanne Downie

Julia Burn and Suzanne Downie

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Berwick slimmers have joined together to spring-clean their wardrobes and donate their clothes to

Cancer Research UK.

Members of the Black & Gold and The Kings Arms Slimming World groups collected all their unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories to donate to the Cancer Research UK as part of the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw.

The campaign, a nationwide fundraising drive, sees Slimming World members across the UK donating clothes to Cancer Research UK, Slimming World’s charity partner in 2014. Last year slimmers donated £888,586 worth of stock to the charity’s shops across the UK.

Julia Burn, who runs the groups which meet every Tuesday at the Black & Gold and every Thursday at The Kings Arms, said her members were more than willing to donate their unwanted clothes to help such a worthwhile cause, and jumped at the chance to recycle the clothes they have slimmed out of to help raise money.

So far the groups have donated 50 bags to the charity, with more coming in every week. “Members have really embraced this fabulous fundraising campaign,” Julia said.

“They have been more than happy to donate their ‘big’ clothes because they know that they’re never going to need them again!

“Between them members of the groups have lost an amazing 280 stone since January this year - I’m very proud!”

One in three people are affected by cancer, and Julia said that being overweight increases the risk of developing the disease. “So we’re determined to do anything we can do to help fight cancer and help people lead healthier lives,” she added.

Suzanne Downie, who runs the Cancer Research UK shop in Berwick, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to receive such a huge donation of clothing from Julia’s Slimming World groups.

“It’s wonderful to be able to help celebrate the amazing weight losses and the improvements to health that Slimming World members achieve.”

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