Reader letter: Food bank support was brilliant

New Tesco food bank, Ilkeston. Pictured back l-r is David Farnsworth Arena Community, Karen Feeney Personnel manager, Keith Healey, Jay Blake and Sam Cotton. Front is Christine Kennedy and Pam Phillips from Arena Community.
New Tesco food bank, Ilkeston. Pictured back l-r is David Farnsworth Arena Community, Karen Feeney Personnel manager, Keith Healey, Jay Blake and Sam Cotton. Front is Christine Kennedy and Pam Phillips from Arena Community.

My name is Tracy Hickman and I am the Slimming World consultant for the Monday evening group at The Arena, Ilkeston, at 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Christmas 2013 all my members blew me away with their commitment over the festive period and donated loads of food for the local food bank.

They knew that Christmas would be a trying time for healthy eating but were determined a couple of days were not going to blow all their hard work through the year. They knew damage limitation would be the key!

They all wanted to do something to help protect themselves from all the chocolates, biscuits and many more temptations that just seem to be in abundance everywhere they go.

They decided the local food bank which used to be held at The Arena, now in the community building in Belfield st, Ilkeston, was a great way to help people less fortunate than ourselves while at the same time protecting their weight losses.

They also agreed that most members probably had one (or more) tins of food in the back of their kitchen cupboards that will never get eaten as they purchased it before they joined Slimming World and started food optimising which is simply extra easy!

As it was so successful last year they decided to do it all again for 2014, a couple of weeks before Christmas and right through to date members have been coming each week weighing in and bringing food items determined not to blow their weight loss.

Their commitment and determination is just fantastic yet again!

They were absolutely blown away last year that you took the time to come and take a photo and recognised their hard work and commitment that they all showed while helping others at the same time.

As a result of their hard work the group came back recently with a total weight loss of nine-and-a-half stone in just one week!

They have done amazing over the festive period.

Tracy Hickman,

Slimming World consultant, Ilkeston