Help­ing others

Lo­cal slim­mers do­nate clothes to char­ity

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They are used to los­ing hun­dreds of pounds but now big-hearted slim­mers in Blair­gowrie have turned their at­ten­tion to rais­ing them.

Mem­bers of the Blair­gowrie Slim­ming World group have col­lected 130 bags of clothes they’ve suc­cess­fully slimmed out of to raise money for Cancer Re­search UK as part of the na­tional fundrais­ing cam­paign, the ‘Big Slim­ming World Clothes Throw’.

And with each bag worth around £25 to the char­ity, slim­mers in Blair­gowrie could have raised around £3,250 for the char­ity.

Rachel Stal­lard, who runs the group, which meets every week at Blair­gowrie Bowl­ing Club, en­cour­aged mem­bers, their friends and fam­i­lies to col­lect the clothes, shoes and ac­ces­sories they no longer need to gen­er­ate stock for the Blair­gowrie Cancer Re­search UK shop.

Rachel said: “The mem­bers never fail to amaze me with their weight loss re­sults week af­ter week and it has been great to see so many bags of clothes do­nated through the Big Slim­ming World Clothes Throw.

“It was a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere in the group and so re­ward­ing to raise such a phe­nom­e­nal amount of stock for such an in­cred­i­ble cause.

“And it’s not just mem­bers of the group who have cleared out their wardrobes – we’ve had great sup­port from the whole com­mu­nity.”

Rachel added: “Be­cause my mem­bers are so sure they’ll never need their ‘big’ clothes again, when I told them about the Big Slim­ming World Clothes Throw they couldn’t wait to do­nate them to char­ity.

“The Clothes Throw is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for all of us to cel­e­brate our suc­cess, in­spire other peo­ple and raise money for char­ity at the same time.

“There is also a more se­ri­ous side to our sup­port for Cancer Re­search UK how­ever one in two peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with some form of cancer dur­ing their life­time, and be­ing over­weight can in­crease the chance of de­vel­op­ing the dis­ease.

“It is vi­tal we spread the mes­sage that healthy eat­ing, be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive and los­ing weight by adopt­ing healthy habits all help re­duce the risk of de­vel­op­ing cancer.”

Wendy Byrd-Mel­drum, man­ager of the Blair­gowrie Cancer Re­search UK shop, said she was thrilled to re­ceive such a huge do­na­tion of cloth­ing from the groups.

She said: “We have been work­ing with Rachel for three years now and she is ab­so­lutely phe­nom­e­nal. ”

Dona­tions Slim­ming World con­sul­tant Rachel Stal­lard (cen­tre) with some of the mem­bers of the Blair­gowrie group (from left) Yvonne Had­dow, Kath­leen God­frey, Wilma Hay, Jan Woods and Iain Hay

Grate­ful Wendy Byrd-Mel­drum, man­ager of the Blair­gowrie Cancer Re­search UK shop, with some of the do­nated bags

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