A group of Wearside slimmers have donated the clothes that no longer fit them to charity.
Slimming World members from Sunderland and Seaham have collected 800 bags of clothing to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.
Weight loss consultants who run groups in the area, encouraged members, their friends and families to spring-clean their wardrobes and collect the clothes they’ve successfully slimmed out of to generate valuable stock for the Cancer Research UK shops.
The groups are taking part in the organisation’s national fundraising campaign, the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw.
Last year the initiative raised £1.7million for the charity, which funds research into the disease, and this year the organisation aims to raise £2million.
With each bag worth up to £25, Julie Mulvaney, Sunderland East team developer, hopes the contribution from the groups will help to reach that total.
She said: “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.
“Knowing they’ll never need their before clothes again, when we told the groups about the campaign they couldn’t wait to take part. Not only is the Clothes Throw a perfect opportunity for all of us to celebrate our slimming success, it is also vital we spread the message that keeping a healthy weight could reduce the risk of developing 10 different types of cancer. This is why Slimming World chose Cancer Research UK as our national charity partner.”
Amanda Mann, area support manager for the Cancer Research UK shops in the area, added: “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 Cancer Research UK shops. All funds raised will go towards the charity’s research to beat over 200 types of cancer, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”