Slimmers on their marks for cancer charity

Members of Slimming World Race for Life event at Peter Pain. DD EMN-140731-143930001
Members of Slimming World Race for Life event at Peter Pain. DD EMN-140731-143930001

Slimmers donned their running boost for a cancer charity in a ‘Slimming World does Race for Life Event’ at Peter Paine Performance Centre.

A total of 52 women and men are all members of Boston, Spalding and Tattershall Slimming World groups and held a 3km event to raise money for Cancer Research UK as part of a national fundraiser.

Another 43 members of the public also joined in, helping to raise about £150.

Slimming World group leader Jenny Gardner said; “It was a fantastic event with a real feel-good atmosphere.

She added: “I’m so pleased with how much we have so far raised for Cancer Research UK and I think the event showed people just how motivating being part of a group like ours can be.

She said: “Every penny raised will go towards an amazing cause – helping Cancer Research UK to fund pioneering, life-saving research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all cancers.

“At Slimming World we’re determined to do anything we can to help people lead healthier lives in whatever way possible, that’s why I’m so pleased that my Slimming World group got right behind this event and encouraged others to do the same,” she added.

Organisers say the aim of Slimming World does Race for Life was to raise money for charity while raising awareness about the benefits of getting active.

David Cooper, who has lost more than eight stone since joining in July 2011 walked the 3km in memory of his mum.

He said: “It’s a cause very close to my heart and I found the event a heart-warming and touching experience. I used to really struggle with exercise, and found it really daunting taking those first steps to becoming more active.

“With Slimming World I learnt that the key is to start small and find something that you enjoy doing, and I’ve found that’s the best way to keep active and lose weight at the same time. There’s no rule that says being active has to involve a gym or running shorts. I definitely wouldn’t have entered a distance race before I found Slimming World, but since losing weight I’m feeling much healthier, happier and more confident – I’m so proud of myself and I know my friends and family are too.”

For details about Slimming World call Jenny on 01205 310173 or 07795957410.