Slimming World's Gretchen meets Paddy McGuinness
IT definitely wasn't a case of 'no likey, no lighty' when Gretchen Mone met comedian and TV presenter Paddy McGuinness at an annual awards ceremony.
Gretchen, who manages Slimming World groups in Drogheda, was delighted to get a chance to cuddle up to Paddy when he co-hosted the Slimming World Awards with the organisation's chair and founder Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE.
Bolton-born Paddy, who shot to fame in Channel 4 comedy Phoenix Nights alongside school friend Peter Kay before becoming a popular stand-up comedian and TV presenter on shows including ITV1's Take Me Out, said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
He added: "I have to admit the most I knew about Slimming World before the awards was a gag in Peter's routine that refers to Slimming World as being a £1 cheaper than its competitors! Jokes aside, I was genuinely amazed to hear about what a difference people like Gretchen who run and manage Slimming World groups make to people's lives. '
Gretchen said meeting Paddy at the event, which was held at Birmingham's International Convention Centre, was the cherry on the top of a great year for Slimming World.
'Obviously the most important thing of all is that our members have lost weight and improved their health and we're so proud of all of our members – many of them have achieved their target weights and been able do things they never thought possible before slimming down.
"I truly believe that Slimming World is the best way for people to take control of their weight. Even if they've struggled to stick to slimming plans in the past, I know we can help them to make a change for life this time around – our members are proof of that.