A Slimming World group has been feeling good about more than just weight loss after donating food to Ilkeston’s food bank.
Members of the Slimming World group based at the Arena Church on Rutland Street, Ilkeston, successfully kept Christmas cravings at bay by giving food to the Arena food bank, which now has its main base on Belfield Street.
Slimming World consultant Tracy Hickman, 43, organised the initiative to help keep people focused on their figure during the busy Christmas period.
Tracy said: “Christmas is a trying time, there’s an abundance of unhealthy treats everywhere. We therefore decided to donate some food to the Arena food bank.”
Aside from pledging their Christmas treats, Tracy and her 60 slimmers furthered their efforts by giving away an array of tinned goods and basic food products.
“We didn’t want to just give them rubbish food,” said Tracy, adding: “We wanted to give them things such as pasta, cereal and tinned goods. Foodbanks need this stuff most.”
The group’s campaign has been a success and came at the same time as the Advertiser’s Feed Our Families campaign, which also supported the food bank.
Slimming World members amassed two large boxes loaded with food. The good cheer hasn’t just been for charity though, with slimmers bucking the festive trend by continuing to shed the pounds.
Tracy said: “Our members have done really well over Christmas. One lady lost eight pounds. They’ve also all had a really good time. I don’t see why we couldn’t organise this event every year.”