Clothing collection for charity

Slimming World Sunderland team developer Julie Mulvaney with consultants Joanne Miller and Janice Webster with just some of the contribution ready for collection.

Slimming World Sunderland team developer Julie Mulvaney with consultants Joanne Miller and Janice Webster with just some of the contribution ready for collection.

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Caring slimmers have collected 800 bags of clothes that are now too big for them as they raise money for charity.

Members of the Sunderland and Seaham Slimming World group successfully slimmed out of the items and they will now go to Cancer Research UK

Weight loss consultants encouraged members, their friends and families to spring-clean their wardrobes and collect the clothes, shoes and accessories they no longer need to generate stock for the charity’s shops.

The groups are taking part in the organisation’s national fundraising campaign, the ‘Big Slimming World Clothes Throw’.

Last year they raised £1.7m for Cancer Research UK, and this year the organisation hopes to generate £2m for the charity. With each bag worth up to £25.

Julie Mulvaney, Sunderland East team develope,r hopes the contribution from the groups will help to reach that total.

She sid: “The incredible members of my group have amazed me with their enthusiasm, dedication and commitment once again.

“This year’s Big Clothes Throw has been a fantastic success, and I can’t believe just how many bags our members, their friends and families have managed to collect for Cancer Research UK.

“It’s been so rewarding and I’m so proud to help pull together such a phenomenal amount of stock for such a worthwhile cause.

Lisa Peel, a member who has lost five stone since January 2015 and dropped four dress sizes, said: “It felt really liberating to donate all my old clothes. I actually enjoyed bagging them up and saying goodbye – it felt like I was saying bye to the old me.”

Amanda Mann, area support manager for the Cancer Research UK shops in the area, said: “We’re really grateful to all the Sunderland and Seaham Slimming World members who cleared out their cupboards and generously donated their unwanted items to the Cancer Research UK shops.”