Slimmers from Rodbourne are putting their best feet forward for charity this August to celebrate losing over 62 stones between them in July.
As part of the Walk All Over Cancer with Slimming Worldcampaign, the members of Rodbourne’s Slimming World group are aiming to raise money for Cancer Research UK, as well as spread the message that keeping a healthy weight reduces the risk of cancer. To do this they are each setting their own individual steps target and raising money at weekly organised walks throughout the summer.
Slimming World Consultant Sammi Lamb is organising the fundraising challenge and says her inspirational members are filled with confidence and energy thanks to their weight losses.
She said:“I’m so proud of my members who have set themselves the challenge of walking more and getting more active this August with our group walks.
“With our Body Magic activity programme, members learn that getting active doesn’t have to be joining the gym or running marathons. It’s walking the kids to school, doing the gardening, hitting the dancefloor - anything that raises the heart rate a little all counts. And any activity which boosts daily steps will help our members reach our Walk All Over Cancergoal. It’s all about getting going gently and then building up until it becomes an enjoyable part of our daily routine.
“I’m sure my members will inspire more people in Swindon to get active and improve their health, while also helping to raise awareness of the link between obesity and cancer. The money raised will go towards an amazing cause and one my members feel very passionate about. We’d love to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancer.”
Member Andrea Moore, from Shaw, has lost 2 stone since joining the group in May, and is looking forward to taking part in the Walk All Over Cancerchallenge.
She said: “I’ll be aiming to increase my steps to 10,000 a day by the end of August. If you’d asked me to do that when I joined the group in May I wouldn’t have believed you –walking even to the local shops just seemed impossible! However, thanks to the filling and tasty food I’m eating and the fact I’m losing weight each week, I have so much more energy now and I’m ready to smash this challenge.
“At my group we started talking about easy ways to fit more walking into our day and I soon realised how many more steps I could do just by making tweaks to my daily routine. Parking the car further from work, getting off the bus a stop before, walking to get a pint of milk, taking the stairs instead of the lift –it’s amazing what can make a huge difference when it comes to step count and I’m looking forward to finding new ways to fit steps in.
“Throughout my journey the support at the group has been amazing, and I wouldn’t be doing this without my fellow members. My Slimming World group has made anything feel possible – I feel empowered!”
For more information about the Rodbourne Slimming World group or their Walk All Over Cancer events contact Sammi on 07846162375 or pop along to the group which is held every Monday evening (5.30pm and 7.30pm) and Tuesday morning (9.30am) at Rodbourne Methodist Church. Or find out more at facebook.com/slimmingworldrodbourne