TV star rounds off a great year for group
AWIDNES woman who runs a Slimming World group has met a TV presenter at an awards ceremony.
Julie Hatton was delighted to get a chance to cuddle up to Stephen Mulhern when he presented the annual Slimming World Awards.
She runs a group at Moorfield Sports & Social Club every Thursday.
Julie said meeting Stephen was a wonderful way to round off a great 12 months for the Widnes Slimming World group, as well as a brilliant way to prepare for another successful year.
She said: “I couldn’t be prouder of the members of the Widnes group. They’ve lost fantastic amounts of weight throughout 2016, with many of them making their weight loss dreams come true by hitting their target weight, improving their health and confidence, and more.
“It’s so rewarding to see people being able to do things that they didn’t think possible before losing weight, whether that’s having more energy and confidence, wearing smaller clothes, taking up new hobbies, reducing medication or doing more with their family and friends.
“Every week I feel so lucky to play even a small part in people’s achievements and I felt very honoured to represent the Widnes Slimming World group when I met Stephen.
“He was bowled over by the difference Slimming World makes to people and how it changes their lives, so meeting him has re-inspired me and now I feel super motivated to support even more people in Widnes to lead healthier, happier lives in 2017.”
Stephen, who presents Catchphrase, Britain’s Got More Talent and Big Star’s Little Stars, said he was thrilled to meet Julie at the event, which was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre.
He said: “I’m known for my magic tricks and there was definitely magic in the air at the Slimming World Awards.
“The stories I heard from people who had lost amazing amounts of weight and transformed themselves – inside and out – were so inspirational.
“So many slimmers talked about how their weight loss has allowed them to start really living and be the people that they always dreamed of being – doing things they previously thought they couldn’t, from running for miles to playing with their children and grandchildren.
“While all of their stories were different, the one thing they all had in common was how much they felt they owed to their Slimming World family.
“Every one of them spoke passionately about how they felt they couldn’t have achieved everything they had or made the changes they have to eat more healthily and become more active without the support, advice and encouragement of their group each and every week. So people like Julie are very important.”
Julie says 2016 has been a big year for Slimming World, with the organisation welcoming hundreds of thousands of members and winning awards for both its food range and Slimming World magazine, and hopes 2017 will be just as successful.
She added: “Lots of people will be making resolutions to lose weight and improve their health this New Year. ●
“I truly believe that joining a local Slimming World group is the best way for people to lose weight and learn new habits.
“Thanks to our Food Optimising eating plan they’ll see big results on the scales without ever having to feel hungry or deprived, and at the Widnes group they’ll discover a whole world of support and advice that’s sure to help them reach their targets – and have a lot of fun along the way, too!”
For more information call Julie on 07748 306 604 or visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk
Julie Hatton met TV presenter Stephen Mulhern