Slimming World throws clothes to support charity for first time since pandemic

The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw is back for the first time in three years and employees at the organisation’s Alfreton head office were delighted to be able to take part once again.

Staff donated more than 100 bags of clothes to Cancer Research UK, raising £2,500 for the charity. The donated items will stock local shops in Sutton in Ashfield, Bulwell, Arnold, Sherwood and Derby.

Throughout the two-week period in May during which the fundraising drive ran, teams were joined by Slimming World Consultants and members from all groups across the UK, who also donated clothes including those they’ve successfully slimmed out of. After the pandemic saw the 2020 and 2021 events cancelled, the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw last took place in 2019 and raised a total of £3.2million for the organisation’s charity partner Cancer Research UK.

Current Slimming World Head Office Employee of the Year Sean Chapman says: “We’ve missed out on so many events because of Covid-19. There’s always something fun to get involved in at Slimming World and it has been very different not being physically together all of the time. Slimming World has done a great job over the past two years to keep employees motivated and engaged though, and I’m so happy the Clothes Throw is back and that we are once again able to clear out our wardrobes as well as raise money for a very worthy charity.”

Sean, who lives in Mansfield, and works at Slimming World’s Head Office as a Business Information Manager, was crowned Slimming World’s Head Office Employee of the Year after working tirelessly during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns to make sure procedures were in place to support all of his colleagues in other departments as well the teams running Slimming World groups across the UK and Ireland. On winning his award, Sean’s colleagues described him as the “go-to-guy as he’s so approachable, and he can explain the most complicated of queries in a way that makes it easy for anyone to understand.”

Slimming World’s Deputy Marketing Manager Clare Lee organises the national fundraising campaign, along with the bag collection at Slimming World’s head office. She says: “We are so pleased we were able to bring The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw back this year and very proud of our head office colleagues for once again supporting our charity partner.

“Our partnership with Cancer Research UK is now in its ninth year and is a cause close to many of our colleagues’ and members’ hearts. Through our work with the charity, as well as fundraising, we hope to raise awareness that maintaining a healthy weight improves health, including the risk of developing some types of cancer.”

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Image 1: Members of Rebecca Butler’s Slimming World groups in Bingham pose with a purple heart made from the clothes they have donated as part of the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw 2022.

Image 2: Current Slimming World Head Office Employee of the Year Sean Chapman is happy the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw is back following the pandemic.


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 overweight people, and incorporating the most effective sustainable behaviour change techniques, IMAGE Therapy is designed to inspire and motivate slimmers to make positive 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 our 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 activity programme, Body Magic helps members to overcome any barriers around activity. 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 and others to help shape the future of weight management in the UK and Ireland.

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