A Slimming World group which was inspired by one of its members to lose weight has handed over a cheque for more than £800.
Debbie Halsey’s Slimming World group, which meets at Stamford Free Church in Kesteven Road, on a Saturday morning raised more £842 during its Slim for Good campaign.
The campaign sees members set themselves a weight loss target while raising money for a good cause as an added incentive.
The group raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust - a cause close to the heart of member Kim Granger.
Kim’s husband Paul died of a rare form of cancer aged 24, just a few weeks after the couple had married in the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Kim joined the group shortly after Paul died, partly because Paul had always supported Kim to feel happy in herself.
During the sponsored slim, Kim, of Ironmonger Street, Stamford, herself went from 11st 9lb to 10st 13lb.
Kim said: “The group chose the charity as they knew it meant a lot to me and I was really touched.
“Debbie, the group leader, invited all the group members to suggest charities.
“I mentioned the Teenage Cancer Trust and everyone in the group wanted to go with it instantly, which was so thoughtful of them.
“All the group members were over the moon with the amount we raised and I was really chuffed.”
During the slimming campaign, the group also completed sponsored walks and held open mornings, selling cakes, to raise extra funds.
Last year, Kim, a teacher at Heltwate Special School in Peterborough, did a sponsored walk around Rutland Water with friends to raise funds for the trust.
The group had set a target of raising £1,000 but Kim was staggered when the final total was in excess of £2,000. Her Slimming World leader Debbie was among those who took part in the walk.
And in June, a group of Kim’s friends plan to do a sponsored cycle ride from Stamford to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, which is about 60 miles.
This replicates the journey Paul had to make every evening for radiotherapy treatment and will also mark two years since he lost his battle with rhabdomyosarcoma. Kim said it would be a “fitting tribute”.
To sponsor the group or find out more about the charity cycle ride visit http://www.justgiving.com/Stamfordtoaddenbrookes