Slimmers in Gloucester have turned their attentions to helping others by raising more than £10,000 from selling off their ill-fitting clothes.
Hundreds of pounds in weight may have been lost by dieters signed up to Slimming World groups across the city, but thousands of pounds has been gained financially thanks to the sale.
That cash has now been donated to Cancer Research UK. More than 250 bags of clothes have been collected from members belonging to the 25 Gloucester groups.
Sam Summerfield, a Slimming World consultant in Longlevens, said the campaign has proved a huge success.
She said: “The Gloucester team have been absolutely overwhelmed with the response we have had from our members.
“We have had such a positive result and we have collected 254 bags of clothing across our groups. “That works out at around 10 bags per group which has equated to more than £10,000. Not only have our members benefited from slimming down, they are also playing a massive part in helping such a worthwhile charity.”
The donated clothes were dropped off for collection by Romans Transport, and taken in by Cancer Research UK to be sold off in charity shops around the county. Charity workers have estimated the donations should raise a five figure sum.
Becky Baker from Quedgeley is one of Slimming World’s success stories having lost five stone and dropped several dress sizes from a 24, to a size 12. Becky donated a bridesmaid dress that no longer fitted to the cause.
Slimming World’s Miss Slinky 2014, Gloucester midwife Faye Czajkowski-Davis, also helped out after losing three stone in her weight loss bid.
Faye said shopping for new clothes to replace her old wardrobe was one of the best things about losing so much weight.
“I have enjoyed shopping for new clothes,” she said.
“I hated it before because I knew I would look terrible in everything. My best moment was when I took a size ten into the changing room and had to ask for a size eight as the ten was too big.”