SUPER slimmers from Lancing to Littlehampton are hoping to convert the pounds they lose into pounds for a good cause as they fund-raise for St Barnabas House in Worthing.
Every year, Slimming World launches a community weight loss challenge to raise awareness of the benefits of healthy eating and exercise.
The groups are encouraged to hold fund-raising events alongside the campaign to benefit local charities, and for the second year in succession they have chosen St Barnabas House hospice.
Each group has collection tins at their meetings and they also organise events, such as a seafront stroll, which raises sponsorship as well as helping members keep healthy and active as they pursue their weight loss goal.
The Slimming World groups hope to raise £1,500 to buy a new reclining chair for one of the patient rooms at the hospice’s in-patient unit. The special item of furniture offers patients comfort while offering clinical excellence appropriate for a hospice environment. The hospice already has a number of these chairs but they are very much in demand.
Sarah Hills from Slimming World said: “Last year, our members managed to raise a fantastic £1,500, which not only helped a very worthy local cause but improved our slimmers’ health and well-being at the same time. I’m sure that this year will be just as successful and I know that our members will do everything they can to help us achieve our aim of buying a new chair for the patients at St Barnabas.”
Sloane Vaughan, community fund-raising manager at St Barnabas House, added: “We’re thrilled that our local Slimming World groups have once again chosen to support St Barnabas House. I’m sure that the challenge of raising money for their local hospice will give them added determination to shed the pounds and help us buy a much-needed item of furniture for our patients. Good luck, everyone.”