Slimming World members take on Race For Life to help fund cancer research

South Shields slimmers raised over �500 for a cancer charity when they held a Slimming World does Race for Life event.
South Shields slimmers raised over �500 for a cancer charity when they held a Slimming World does Race for Life event.

Slimmers in South Tyneside are going on the run to raise funds for a cancer charity.

Members and consultants of Slimming World are preparing to take part in a Race For Life event to drum up support for Cancer Research UK.

It was a fabulous event last year with our members, their friends and families, from all over the area getting together.

Tina Harley, Slimming World consultant

Those taking part are hoping that people in South Tynesiders will join them to help raise cash for the organisation, which is Slimming World’s charity partner.

The event is being held on Saturday at The Dragon field opposite Gypsies Green, in South Shields, at 1.30pm.

People have the choice of running a 1k, 2k or 3k course.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck will cut the ribbon to officially start the run.

Last year’s event raised £500.

Tina Harley, who runs a Slimming World group at St Lawrence Church, in South Shields, says her members are looking forward to getting involved.

She said: “It was a fabulous event last year, with our members, their friends and families, from all over the area getting together.

“We had lots of people say that the event had inspired them to continue to be active.

“It just shows how motivating being part of a group like ours can be.

“With Slimming World’s Body Magic programme the key is to find something that you enjoy which is the best way to make staying active a regular habit and lose weight at the same time.

“Money raised will go towards helping Cancer Research UK to fund pioneering, life-saving research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.”

Similar events are taking place nationally this month.

Tina added: “It is non-competitive and those taking part can choose how much of a distance they’d like to cover and can run or walk the course.

“As well as raising money for Cancer Research UK, Slimming World does Race for Life aims to raise awareness of how keeping a healthy weight and being active can help improve health and reduce the risk of certain cancers.”

n For more information about Slimming World does Race for Life or any of the Slimming World groups, call Tina on 07725 796450.