Used to shedding the pounds local slimmers have now joined forces to donate dozens of bags of clothes they no longer fit in to.
Members of Slimming World groups in Sudbury, Great Cornard, Long Melford and Lavenham have collected 162 bags of clothes they have successfully slimmed out of to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
The collection is part of the national fundraising campaign, the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw, with the local group leaders encouraging members and their friends and family members to donate any clothes and shoes they no longer need.
The clothes will be used to generate stock for the Sudbury Cancer Research UK shop in Market Hill.
“This year’s Big Slimming World Clothes Throw event has been a fantastic success and I was overwhelmed by the amount of bags my members managed to collect,” said Kath Hampshire, leader of the Great Cornard group.
“They really are amazing. It was a fantastic atmosphere in the group and it was so rewarding to raise such a phenomenal amount of stock for such an incredible cause.
“I’m still buzzing from all the donations we’ve had. We far exceeded the number of bags collected last year and between us filled a whole garage.
Georgeena Butler who runs the Sudbury and Long Melford group 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 bag them up and donate them to charity.”
The clothes collected by Slimming World will be donated to Cancer Research UK shops across the country, with each bag raising up to £25 for the charity.
Last year slimmers collected close to £1million worth of stock for Cancer Research UK shops around the country.
All profits go to support the charity’s work to help beat cancer sooner.
Lesley Brady, who runs the Cancer Research UK shop in Sudbury, said: “We were thrilled to receive such a huge donation of clothing from the local Slimming World groups.
“It’s wonderful to be able to help celebrate the amazing weight losses and the improvements to health that Slimming World members achieve.
“The fundraising partnership between Slimming World and Cancer Research UK has been hugely successful - as well as raising funds to help us bring forward the day 200 types of cancer are cured, it’s vital to raise awareness of how adopting healthy habits can help people reduce their risk of developing cancer.”