SUPERSLIMMER Sue Martin has lost almost 10st – now she has been inspired to gain pounds of a different kind.
Nurse Sue, of Eden Vale, has special reasons for helping fellow Slimming World members raise cash for two charities, the Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan’s Sunderland Cancer Patient Support Charity.
The 48-year-old, who lost 9st 12lb, says that both charities are close to her heart after losing a friend to cancer and seeing her dad diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Sue, a discharge nurse at Sunderland Royal Hospital, said: “It’s been really hard to see my dad going through everything and it’s been really hard on my mam.
“I think when it came to the point that he didn’t recognise us any more was the worst bit of it all. The Alzheimer’s Society have been a tremendous support to my dad and to us as a family. They’re a big support for people in this kind of position.”
Sue’s dad, Billy, 78, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease eight years ago. He now lives in Ashwood Court.
Sue’s Slimming World group, which meets at St Gabriel’s Church Hall, off Chester Road, decided to raise money for a charity and settled on the Alzheimer’s Society’s branch in Hylton Road.
They raised £350 through a series of fund-raising challenges which saw Sue vow to lose half a stone in two weeks. She alone raised £125 by completing the challenge.
Karen Wilkinson, dementia advisor for the charity’s Sunderland branch, said: “This donation is greatly appreciated. The Alzheimer’s Society supports people to live with dementia and funds research to hopefully find a cure.
“We rely on donations and fund-raising events so we can continue to do vital work. There are 750,000 people in the UK with a form of dementia, and more than 3,000 of those are in Sunderland.”
The group also decided to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support’s Sunderland Cancer Patient Support Charity, which offers complementary therapy to patients in and outside of hospital.
They raised £800 in memory of Sue’s friend and work colleague, Pauline Tye, who died from bowel cancer, aged just 55. Sue wanted to mark the anniversary of her friend’s death in a happy way, so held fund-raising events.
Deb Spraggon, Macmillan information and support manager at City Hospitals Sunderland, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that people are helping to support us. Without this, we couldn’t continue.”