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Slimmers raise £6,500 in three years for charity

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 22, 2014

The group on the summit of Snowdon during their latest fund-raising mission.

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Members of a slimming club have raised £6,500 in three years to help people in need.

Members of Slimming World in Leek have climbed Mount Snowdon twice and Ben Nevis once.

Their latest trek took place last month when they took on Snowdon and raised £2,000 for the region's air ambulance.

The first expedition, two years ago, also took them to Snowdon, where they again supported the air ambulance. Then last year several members decided to take on Ben Nevis to support the Help For Heroes charity, which aids injured soldiers.

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Slimming World consultant, Jo Steele, of Leek, said: "For our last venture 19 members took part.

"These are from my Monday evening and Wednesday morning classes.

"This was our second Snowdon climb and we had chosen a very hot day.

"We left Leek at 6.30am and returned at 10.30pm.

"Many said if they had known the conditions and what it was like they might have not done it, but at the end they all felt an incredible sense of achievement.

"Many thought they could not do it, so it is good for people to achieve something and at the same time raise money for what is a very good cause. Those members who took part had lost 35-and-a-half stones between them.

"It is very pleasing to be able to support the air ambulance and our injured soldiers.

"We also have collection boxes at our clubs and have also organised coffee mornings for Macmillan Cancer Support."

Aimee Dale, aged 30, of Leek, who has shed almost four stones in weight since joining the club, was first to the top of Snowdon.

She said: "The climb was completed in very warm conditions. I am very proud of myself as I was the first to the top. It took me two-and-a-half hours up and one-and-a-half hours down.

"Everyone did so well and felt they had achieved something. It is also brilliant that we raised money for the air ambulance which is such a good service to the area."

Another participant was Lesley Nixon, aged 43, of Flash, said: "This was one thing on my list that I have wanted to do since I was a teenager.

"It was a lot more difficult than I thought because of the warm weather, but when we got to the top the views were amazing. You can achieve something for yourself and at the same time raise money to help others.

"Living in an isolated area I regularly see the air ambulance around the Roaches helping people."

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