Slimming World staff donate record-breaking number of bags to Cancer Research UK charity shops


Slimming World Head Office staff collected a record-breaking 1,713 bags full of clothes, shoes and accessories for Cancer Research UK.

Staff at the Derbyshire-based office donated bags worth the equivalent of £35,000 to the organisation’s charity partner. The donated items will stock local shops in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Bulwell, Arnold, Sherwood and Derby.

The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw is an annual event which sees Slimming World group members, Consultants and employees donate pre-loved clothes – including those they’ve slimmed out of – to Cancer Research UK and the Irish Cancer Society to sell in stores across the UK and Ireland.

Last year, they raised more than £1.4 million for the charities through the initiative and continue to aim higher year on year.

Warren Cox, who works as a training specialist within the training and development team, was crowned Slimming World’s Head Office Employee of the Year at the company’s annual in-house awards ceremony. He was nominated by his colleagues who described working with him as ‘an absolute joy and pleasure’.

Warren, 36, who lives with his partner in Matlock, and has worked at Slimming World for more than six years, says: “We look forward to the Clothes Throw every year as it’s the perfect opportunity to have a good clear out of clothes we no longer need while raising money for Cancer Research UK. "

Warren Cox, Slimming World Training Specialist

There’s definitely a buzz in the office when we find out how many bags we’ve collected and if we’ve beaten the previous year!

Warren Cox, Slimming World Training Specialist

Slimming World’s Senior Marketing Co-ordinator Bethany Hayes says: “The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw is met with enthusiasm every year and is a much-loved fundraising activity at Head Office, as well as in our groups. Cancer has impacted the lives of so many of our colleagues, members and Consultants, so we’re pleased to support Cancer Research UK by raising funds to help the charity continue its life-saving research.

“Over the years, Slimming World has raised more than £20 million for Cancer Research UK through a variety of campaigns, including supporting the Race for Life event series.

“We hope that through our continued partnership with the charity, we’ll help raise awareness that maintaining a healthy weight reduces people’s risk of developing some types of cancer and other health conditions.”

About Slimming World

Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE in Derbyshire in 1969 and has become the UK and Ireland’s leading weight loss organisation with more people choosing to attend a Slimming World group each week than any other weight loss programme. We support hundreds of thousands of people, both in our groups and online, to lose weight and to adopt new habits to stay slim for life.

Over the years our founding principles haven’t changed:

· Our unique programme is based on a powerfully motivating support system called IMAGE (Individual Motivation and Group Experience) Therapy. Underpinned by a deep understanding of the psychology of people living with overweight and obesity, and incorporating the most effective sustainable behaviour change techniques, IMAGE Therapy is designed to inspire and motivate slimmers to make positive mindset changes and to develop new, healthier habits around food and activity.

· Food Optimising is our healthy eating plan, based on the liberating concept of Free Food. We encourage members to fill up on those foods that are naturally lower in energy density (calories per gram) and also highly satisfying while limiting foods that are highest in fat and sugar and are less satisfying, so they lose weight without ever feeling hungry or deprived and without having to weigh, measure or count everything they eat.

· Our physical activity support programme, Body Magic helps members to overcome any barriers around exercise. Members choose when to start and they set the pace, finding activities they genuinely enjoy, until regular physical activity becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine.

· At the heart of everything we do lies our passion for treating every member with genuine care, empathy and respect.

We’re proud to work with the NHS, the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), The Royal College of Midwives, Diabetes UK and others to help shape the future of weight management in the UK and Ireland.

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