SLIMMERS have started the new year in style by hosting a sweet amnesty to raise funds for a South Tyneside charity.
Members of Slimming World have decided to hand in all of their remaining festive treats, not only in a bid to get healthy, but to help out charity Cancer Connections.
Jules McQueen, 34, a group member, came up with the idea and approached her leader David Ducasse.
He said: “We often find the cupboards are packed with chocolates, biscuits and treats after Christmas, which can challenge our members’ weight loss.
“In group, we teach members about unlimited free food, and making healthier swaps and changes to their food choices. As team developer for Slimming World South Tyneside, I asked all local consultants to collect food donations from members, to give to Cancer Connections.
“I know they will use the goodies for raffles and hampers to raise much-needed funds to support the amazing work they do within the community.”
Deborah Roberts, services manager for Cancer Connections, which is based in Harton Lane, South Shields, is delighted with the offerings.
She said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the generous donations from the Slimming World members.
“It was such a kind and thoughtful gesture from all involved.
“We would like to thank Slimming World and the wonderful consultants for their continued support .”