Slimming World recipe book sales raise £55k for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity


Despite 2020 being a hugely challenging time for fundraising due to the coronavirus pandemic, Slimming World members and Consultants have managed to raise £55,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) through the sale of its hugely popular recipe books.

Although Slimming World’s groups across the UK were forced to temporarily close their doors for most of the year, the leading weight-management organisation swiftly found a way to continue supporting its members and launched an innovative virtual service.

They also developed new ways for slimmers to access the tools that provide additional support on their weight-loss journey, including Slimming World’s hugely popular recipe books which became available to members via a new e-shop.

For every one of these recipe books sold in 2020, 10p was donated to GOSH Charity. All the money raised will support the Play team at GOSH, who help hundreds of seriously ill children every week deal with their treatment and recovery through play.

It takes the total amount we’ve raised for GOSH Charity over the past five years to £600k.
Catherine Fox, Slimming World Marketing Manager

Catherine Fox, Slimming World Marketing Manager, said: “We first began supporting GOSH Charity in January 2017, so this year marks our fifth anniversary. There’s no doubt that 2020 was a difficult year for all of us, and especially for charities with many of their usual fundraising activities unable to go ahead. So it’s even more special to have been able to raise such a substantial amount, that we know will make a big difference to lots of children during this time, and it takes the total amount we’ve raised for GOSH Charity over the past five years to £600k. We can’t thank all of our members and Consultants enough for their contribution to this wonderful achievement.”

Liz Tait, GOSH Charity’s director of fundraising, added: “Like many charities across the country, COVID-19 has presented enormous challenges, especially when it comes to fundraising, with many of our events being cancelled or postponed. We are so grateful to Slimming World for all their ongoing support. The £55,000 they have raised will make a huge difference to seriously ill children and their families, who depend on the hospital’s Play team to bring some much-needed normality and fun during these uncertain times, so for that we would like to say a massive thank you.”

Notes to Editors

About Slimming World

Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) in 1969. Members join local weekly groups or an online programme. Groups are run by a network of community-based Slimming World Consultants across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Consultants are trained in the role of diet and physical activity in weight management, as well as recognised behaviour-change techniques. Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, is based on the science of energy density and satiety. Our phased activity programme, Body Magic, eases members into activity until it becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine. 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, encouraging and empowering members to make changes in a supportive, 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 Care Excellence (NICE) and the NHS.

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About Great Ormond Street Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK and abroad with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. Our patients and families are central to everything we do – from the moment they come through the door and for as long as they need us.  

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise money to support the hospital to give seriously ill children, the best chance for life. The charity funds research into pioneering new treatments for children, provides the most up to date medical equipment, funds support services for children and their families and supports the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit www.gosh.org