Suc­cess in the bag

Slimmers do­nate old clothes to char­ity

Rutherglen Reformer - - Health Matters - Kenny Smith

Slimmers from lo­cal groups have been rum­mag­ing through their wardrobes to help a tremen­dous cause.

Mem­bers of Slim­ming World across the area have taken part in their or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Big Clothes Throw for Can­cer Re­search.

Since they launched the clothes throw in 2013, Slim­ming World mem­bers have raised a mas­sive £1.8mil­lion for Can­cer Re­search UK, sim­ply by do­nat­ing clothes they’ve slimmed out of.

This year the char­ity is aim­ing big, as they are look­ing to push that fig­ure to £3m across the coun­try.

Slimmers in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang have played their part in help­ing to reach that to­tal, as they have do­nated 94 bags, which they handed in to the Cath­cart and East Kil­bride Can­cer Re­search char­ity shops.

Each bag is worth around £25 to Can­cer Re­search UK - and by fill­ing out a Gift Aid form it can boost the value to around £30 per bag!

The to­tal num­ber of bags col­lected in­cludes those from the groups run by Carol Downes and Lynn Hughes (44 bags), Yvonne Boyd (22 bags) and Mari Guthrie (28 bags).

Carol, Lynn, Yvonne and Mari said: “Mem­bers from lo­cal Slim­ming World groups from Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang have been slim­ming down and do­nat­ing their old clothes to aid Can­cer Re­search.

“It’s a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for our mem­bers to cel­e­brate how far they’ve come and to make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives, by do­nat­ing un­wanted clothes to Can­cer Re­search.

“In its third year, the Clothes Throw has gone from strength to strength and it is hoped that the dis­trict will do­nate 1000 bags this year which should be eas­ily achieved by the col­lec­tion al­ready.

“In the last two years Slim­ming World has do­nated well in ex­cess of £1.5mil­lion worth of cloth­ing and it is ex­pected that mem­bers from groups all over the coun­try get be­hind the ini­tia­tive and the ex­pec­ta­tion is to reach a to­tal of £3mil­lion this year!”

Any­one wish­ing to join their lo­cal Slim­ming World Group can visit the web­site to find their near­est group.

Groups run Mon­day to Thurs­day evenings and Tues­day and Wed­nes­day morn­ing in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang and de­tails can be found at www.slim­ming­world.com.

Kind do­na­tion Slim­ming World’s Carol Downes and Lynn Hughes, who take the Ruther­glen groups, with Carol Grant, the manager of the Can­cer Re­search shop in Vic­to­ria Road

Gen­er­ous Just some of the clothes do­nated by lo­cal slimmers

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