Slimmers pile on the pounds

Shirley Knox and members of Amble Slimming World group present Dr Alan Fraser from Amble Health Centre with a cheque for �135. Collectively the group lost 125 stone last year.
Shirley Knox and members of Amble Slimming World group present Dr Alan Fraser from Amble Health Centre with a cheque for �135. Collectively the group lost 125 stone last year.

A DETERMINED bunch of slimmers from Amble have raised £135 to help purchase a vital piece of medical equipment for their community.

Members of the town’s Slimming World group have donated the cash to the Coquet Medical Group, which includes Amble and Hadston health centres, to go towards a heart monitor.

The three-figure sum was collected over the course of 2011, coming from the organisation’s weekly social fund raffle.

Shirley Knox, consultant at the Amble group, said: “Members decided what they wanted to spend the money on and they wanted to put it towards buying a machine because they thought it was a worthy cause.”

The Amble group has donated money to various good causes in the past, including the town’s RNLI and the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

In October, the Gazette reported on group member and super slimmer Michaela Herdman, from Amble, who was just one of 48 women from across the UK to reach the finals of Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2011, having shed 8st 3lb in under a year.

Shirley added: “She was an inspiration. She encouraged new people to come to the group and inspired people who were already at the group.”

Collectively, slimmers from the Amble organisation, lost a total of 125 stone in 2011.

For more information about the group, which meets every Monday, from 6pm, at Trinity Methodist Church on Percy Street, contact Shirley on 07754 155224.