Lost pounds raise pounds

Carmen Glasby with some of the bags donated to Cancer Research UK. A total of 20 bags were donated.
Carmen Glasby with some of the bags donated to Cancer Research UK. A total of 20 bags were donated.

Slimmers in Forfar are clearing out their unwanted clothes to raise funds as part of The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw.

Members of the Forfar Slimming World group have spring-cleaned their closets and are donating the clothes that no longer fit their new slimline figures to their local Cancer Research UK shop in Castle Street.

Carmen, who runs the group which meets at St Johns Church Hall, Green Street, every Monday, says members were delighted to get behind the cause and jumped at the chance to recycle their old tops, dresses, trousers, skirts and more.

The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw is a nationwide fundraising drive that sees Slimming World members across the UK donating clothes to Cancer Research UK, Slimming World’s charity partner for 2013. Each bag of clothes collected could raise up to £25.

Carmen said: “Members in the Forfar group have lost 1038 lbs (73 stone 6.6lbs) since January this year and they’re feeling fantastic!

“Lots of people have dropped down clothes sizes and their wardrobes are full of clothes that are too big and baggy now. And they’re happy to give them away because they know that they’re never going to need them again!

“Our Food Optimising plan isn’t a diet that members follow for a little while and then ‘come off’ when they’ve reached their target weight.

“At group each week we support members to make healthy changes to the way they shop, cook and eat that they can keep up for life so they really do slim for good.”

Mari Duffy, Manager in the Cancer Research UK shop in Castle Street, said: “We welcome clothes in all shapes, sizes and styles and were thrilled to receive such a huge donation of clothing from the Forfar Slimming World group. It’s amazing to think that they’ve lost so much weight that they’ve all got so many clothes to clear out from their wardrobes. And we’re delighted that they’ve chosen to use their success to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The money their old clothes raise will make a huge difference to people fighting cancer.”