Secret heartache behind Washington woman’s slimming effort

Danielle Cummings with her grandmother's partner John Jeffrey who has Motor Neurone Disease.'Danielle is aiming to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association with a sponsored slim.

Danielle Cummings with her grandmother's partner John Jeffrey who has Motor Neurone Disease.'Danielle is aiming to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association with a sponsored slim.

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A SLIMMER aims to lose seven stone in a year to give something back to a charity close to her heart.

Danielle Cummings, from Washington, has been inspired to shed the weight as her grandmother’s partner John Jeffrey, 79, battles Motor Neurone Disease.

Danielle Cummings is looking to lose over seven stones in weight and raise money for the motor Neurone Disease Association.'John Jeffrey

Danielle Cummings is looking to lose over seven stones in weight and raise money for the motor Neurone Disease Association.'John Jeffrey

Danielle, who is studying English language and linguistics with education at Sunderland University, said she has wanted to shed the pounds for some time but has now found the necessary inspiration to begin.

The student hopes to raise significant funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association who care for John, who is Danielle’s grandmother Muriel Dunn’s partner.

The 22-year-old, who is in her second year of study, said: “I’ve been trying to do it for ages.

“But really I haven’t had any incentive until now.

“Without the charity’s help John would be stuck in a chair and wouldn’t be able to do some of the things he still can.

“He hasn’t got a fantastic quality of life but he can still do things for himself.

“They’ve done so much for him and I thought it would be nice to use the cause as an incentive.

Danielle is now hoping to get into a routine of dropping weight with weekly Slimming World sessions at Birtley Methodist Church.

She will also look to exercise more and eat more healthily during her bid to beat the bulge.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to raise a fair bit of money and I’ll reach my target,” she said.

“I think it will take me about a year to lose seven stone but I’m confident I can do it.”

Danielle added that she will be personally donating £1 for each pound in weight she loses.

To donate money toward’s Danielle’s charity challenge, search for Danielle Cummings on Facebook.

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