Slimmers and Rylan
Star hails consultants
A group of Slimming World consultants from Monklands helped the weight-loss organisation mark its halfcentury anniversary by meeting TV presenter Rylan Clark-Neal.
The team, who run groups in Airdrie and Coatbridge, were delighted to “get the chance to cuddle up to Rylan”.
The former X Factor contestant cohosted the annual Slimming World awards with the organisation’s founder and chair, Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE.
Margaret opened her first group in 1969 and over the last 50 years the business has grown to the point where it now supports nearly one million slimmers.
Monklands consultant Debs McMillan was thrilled to take part in the awards ceremony, telling the Advertiser: “I couldn’t be more proud of our members; not only did they lose fantastic amounts of weight throughout 2018, with many of them hitting their target weights, they’ve also improved their health, boosted their confidence and are heading into 2019 with new healthy habits that will stay with them for life.
“Watching people change before my eyes and start being able to do things that they didn’t think were possible before losing weight absolutely amazes me.
“Every week I feel privileged to play even a small part in people’s achievements and to celebrate with them, so I felt especially honoured to represent our Slimming World groups at the Slimming World awards.
“Rylan was blown away by the difference Slimming World makes to people’s lives too.”
Karen Morrison, who also runs groups in Monklands, added: “Last year was brilliant for Slimming World; we’ve launched our Slim for Life plan to give even more support to our target members and won awards for both our magazine and food range.
“We’re hoping our golden year will be even more successful and have a string of exciting activities planned to celebrate our 50th birthday in style.
“These include the launch of brand new websites and apps, golden events and special publications.
“This new year I truly believe that joining a local Slimming World group is the best way for people to lose weight, learn new habits and make long-term healthy changes.
“Thanks to our eating plan, they’ll see big results on the scales without ever having to feel hungry or deprived; and at the Airdrie and Coatbridge groups they’ll discover a whole world of support and advice that’s sure to help them achieve their targets.
“I’d love for anyone who wants to make a change to join us; I promise they won’t look back.”
TV presenter Rylan was thrilled to be invited to host the awards ceremony, which was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, saying: “I met so many people who had lost incredible amounts of weight and made a huge difference to their lives.
“While the stories I heard were obviously very personal, the one thing they all had in common was how much support they received from their Slimming World family and how so many of them were achieving their dreams.”
Cuddling up Monklands consultants Debs McMillan, Karen Morrison, Jennifer Stevens and Tracy Brown with Rylan