Slimming World announce charity partners for 2017
Slimming World will continue its award-winning charity partnership with Cancer Research UK in 2017, while also welcoming two new charity partners – Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Irish Cancer Society.
Cancer Research UK has been a Slimming World charity partner since January 2013, with more than £6.5million raised through the organisation’s own charitable foundation, ‘SMILES’ (Slimmers Making It a Little Easier for Someone). In 2015, the two organisations were awarded ‘Best Charity Partnership’ at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards. This year, Cancer Research UK will benefit from funds raised through Slimming World’s London Marathon team, the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw campaign – where slimmers who have lost weight donate clothes they have slimmed out of to local Cancer Research UK shops – and a brand new activity-based event set to take place in summer.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, a new partner for 2017, will benefit from the funds raised through small change donation boxes, and ten pence from every Slimming World recipe book sold in groups across the UK. Each year, thousands of children from across the UK visit Great Ormond Street Hospital in urgent need of life-saving treatment.
In the Republic of Ireland, funds raised by Slimming World members will support the Irish Cancer Society. The charity aims to improve the lives of those affected by cancer by providing up to date information and a range of services, and by influencing change and raising awareness of cancer issues.
"There are strong links between having an overweight BMI and being at greater risk of developing cancer which makes this partnership so important. It’s so rewarding to be working together to raise awareness of the links between obesity and cancer and to be funding specific research into this area."
In 2016, Slimming World’s 4,500 Consultants, 900,000 members and members and 300 head office staff raised £2.5 million for its charity partners.Our brand new partnership with GOSH has launched and they will receive the funds raised through our fabulous new small change box and from the 10p donated from every recipe book sold.
Another new partnership, with the Irish Cancer Society, has also kicked off this new year and we hope to have an action-packed calendar of events in place very soon for our Republic of Ireland Consultants and members.
Jo Mather, who manages Slimming World’s charity partnerships, says: “We’re so excited about our plans for 2017 and know that it’s going to be a fabulous year of fundraising.
“Our partnership with Cancer Research UK is stronger than ever, and we’re thrilled to be working with them for a fifth year. There are strong links between having an overweight BMI and being at greater risk of developing cancer which makes this partnership so important. It’s so rewarding to be working together to raise awareness of the links between obesity and cancer and to be funding specific research into this area.
“It’s fantastic to be supporting some new charity partners this year, too. We’re delighted to be supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital’s new cardiac ward with the incredible fundraising efforts of our generous Consultants, members and head office staff. We’re confident that the small change donated through our colourful new donation box, created using artwork by children who use the hospital, will make a real difference.
“We’re delighted to also being working with the Irish Cancer Society and can’t wait to begin working together and support them on their mission to eliminate cancer.”
Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) in 1969. There are now more than 18,000 groups held weekly across the UK and Republic of Ireland via a network of 4,000 community-based Slimming World Consultants, who receive specific training in the role of diet and physical activity in weight management, as well as sophisticated behaviour-change techniques.
Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, is based on the science of satiety and energy density. Our phased activity programme, Body Magic, eases members into activity until it becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine. The principles behind Slimming World’s philosophy are based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by overweight people and a recognition that those who struggle with weight carry a double burden, the weight itself and a burden of guilt and shame about their weight. Slimming World’s programme integrates practical, up-to-date advice with a highly developed support system based on care and compassion, and Consultant training focuses on facilitating behaviour change in a warm and friendly group environment. Consultant training is delivered through the Slimming World Academy. Slimming World also invests in a comprehensive research programme to develop its support for long-term weight management. The group support provided by Slimming World is recognised as effective by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the NHS.
For more information about Slimming World’s approach visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk or call 0344 897 8000.
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