A Wearside mum has been recognised for the work she’s done to help people lose weight.
Julie Mulvaney was presented with a Golden Pearl award at Slimming World’s annual prizegiving ceremony.
The mum-of-two, from Moorside, Sunderland, helps more than 130 people at her Slimming World group, which meets at St Aidan’s Parish Centre, in New Herrington.
The Golden Pearl accolade is awarded in recognition of consultant giving the highest levels of support to their slimmers.
Julie, 44, who is the Sunderland East Slimming World manager, said: “I’m delighted to have received the new Golden Pearl Award. I love my job and I feel so passionate about helping people to change their lives by losing weight.
“Seeing them succeed is so rewarding and being given this recognition really is the icing on the cake.
“It’s not just a triumph for me though, this award belongs to my 130 members too. They’re the ones who make our group the success that it is, with their fabulous commitment, the lovely warm welcome they give new members and the wonderful compassionate support they give each other every week.”
She added: “I truly believe I have the best job in the world helping people to lose weight and achieve their dreams. Each week as members lose weight I see them growing in confidence. I see them changing their health, becoming more active, trying out new foods and recipes and finding the courage to take on challenges that they’ve always dreamed of.
“Members who arrive at group with their self-esteem at rock bottom start to hold their heads high and stand tall as they lose weight successfully and share their experiences and successes with the rest of the group.”
Julie’s has lost 196st between them so far this year so far.
It is held every Thursday at 9am and 11am at St Aidan’s Parish Centre, in Kirkside. People can just turn up or give call 07956 677904.