Tuesday 23 January 2018

Clever slimmers are no knit-wits

Some of the many knitted hats, booties and blankets created by the ladies of Lusk Slimming World for newborn babies at the Rotunda Hospital.
Some of the many knitted hats, booties and blankets created by the ladies of Lusk Slimming World for newborn babies at the Rotunda Hospital.

HATS off to a now much lighter group of big-hearted slimmers from Lusk, who are celebrating losing a staggering 75 stone between them and raising Over €1,200 for Friends of Rotunda while also managing to knit dozens of cute hats and booties for premature babies at the hospital.

Members of the Lusk Slimming World group, which is held every Thursday at the Scout Den and Corduff National School were taking part in a national campaign called Slim for Good running across all 11,000 Slimming World groups in the UK and Ireland.

The aim of the six-week drive, which kicked off on February 24, was to help people to lose weight and improve their health while raising money for a good cause in their local area.

The 170 slimmers in the Lusk group voted for the worthy charity they wanted to support throughout the campaign and chose Friends of the Rotunda because one of the girls in the group had a little baby boy, Louis who sadly lost his fight for life just three days later.

A spokesperson for Lusk Slimming World, Aoife Murphy said: 'Our group is like a family unit and we were all touched and saddened by what had happened.

We wanted to do something positive and show our support for Louis's parents.'

Aoife, who runs the group and has lost three stone in total herself, said the Slim for Good campaign gave members of the group an added incentive to achieve their weight-loss dreams.

She said: 'Supporting a worthwhile cause like Friends of the Rotunda has given everyone a special focus and real commitment to their weight-loss goals.

'For many members being sponsored has been a great way to kick start their weight loss and for others it's been a boost to help them stay on track.

'At Slimming World we pride ourselves on the care and support we give each other to lose weight - we're known as the club with the big heart – so when members started talking about raising money for the NICU of the Rotunda and what we could all do together, there really was no stopping us.'

Aoife added: 'I'm so proud of what the members in the group have achieved during the last six weeks. We also did a Bag Packing weekend in Super Valu Lusk to add to our funds and we would like to thank them for all there help and kindness.'

Money was not the only thing the group decided to do, they have knitted blankets, little booties and over two hundred hats for the NICU which is the unit for the premature babies.

'I feel very proud to be part of this amazing group of people,' said Aoife.

Aoife hopes the group's success will inspire other people in the local community to lose weight and improve their health too.

She said: 'Six weeks doesn't sound like a long time, but in that period I've seen so many changes, people losing weight, feeling happier and healthier than ever, and their confidence increasing.

'And the really great thing is that as they've lost weight the Slimming World way, they've achieved all this without ever going hungry or feeling deprived.'

Anyone wanting to join the Lusk Slimming World group is welcome every Thursday at 9.30am in the Scout Den and 5.30pm & 7.30pm Corduff national School or they can call Aoife on (087) 6293755 for more information.

Fingal Independent

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