Slimming groups in Stretford weighs into the fight against cancer with Race at Your Place

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22 August 2013


Slimming groups in Stretford weighs into the fight against cancer with Race at Your Place.


Super Slimmers from Stretford have been shaping up to take on cancer by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race at Your Place.


Members at the groups have lost a combined weight of 214 stone between them since joining their local Slimming World group in Stretford. They decided to enter the event at Trafford Social Club to celebrate their new found confidence and as a way of motivating themselves to become more active.


Slimming World and Cancer Research UK have teamed up this year to help people live healthier lives and raise awareness of the links between being overweight and the risks of developing cancer. Slimming World’s fundraising arm SMILES (Slimmers Making It A Little Easier for Someone) is raising money for Cancer Research UK throughout 2013. Steve, who runs the Stretford Slimming World group, says his members were excited to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.


Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an amazing women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer – helping men, women and children across the region survive. The local group is taking part in the Race at Your Place – designed to bring the charity event to local communities to get even more people  involved.


Steve says: “We all have different reasons for wanting to take part in Race for Life but we are united in our determination to raise money to help beat cancer.  Lots of members of the group have been personally affected by cancer, like Jane who lost her mum to cancer earlier this year.


“At Slimming World, as well as raising money, we’re keen to raise awareness about the amazing benefits of getting active, increasing energy levels, reducing stress, building self-esteem, improving health and helping to maintain a healthy weight. Having an active lifestyle can also reduce the risk of developing some cancers.”


Steve and his members, who range in age from 12 to 78, are also urging women of all shapes, sizes and abilities to join them at the event at Trafford Social Club on 28 August. “When you’re overweight you can struggle with any type of exercise, so it can be daunting to take the first steps to becoming more active. At Slimming World members start by going as little activity as they like, gradually building up until they’re doing something frequently and regularly that they enjoy.


The key is to do as much or as little as you can and to find something you enjoy. Race for Life is non-competitive so it means some of us will be running and others walking.  I know we’ll all have a blast taking part and I hope it’ll inspire more members to become more active in the future too.”


To enter Race for Life today go to or call 0845 600 6050 or to find out more about the Stretford Slimming World group pop along every Wednesday at 5.30pm or 7.30pm at Trafford Social Club, or call Steve on 07504 749 613.



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For further information please contact Steve on 07504 749 613 or email steve@ .



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About Slimming World

Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) 43 years ago and there are now more than 10,000 groups held weekly in the UK and Ireland via a network of more than 3,500 Slimming World Consultants who receive specific training in dietary aspects and the role of physical activity in weight control. The highly developed training focuses on facilitating behaviour change in a caring group environment, acknowledged by experts as being the most effective way to support long-term weight management. Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, and the principles behind Slimming World’s philosophy are based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by overweight people. It integrates practical, up-to-date dietary advice with a highly developed support system based on compassion.

For more information visit or call 0844 897 8000.


About Race for Life

  • Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2013, in partnership with Tesco, is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series with over 230 events around the UK from May to the end of September.
  • Women and girls of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes from all over the UK join together to walk, jog or run 5k to raise money to help beat over 200 types of cancer affecting men, women and children.  All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.
  • This year it will be even easier to take part and raise money as a group, with the introduction of a simple to use online group entry process.
  • In 2013, Cancer Research UK hopes to recruit 560,000 women and raise £50m to help fund life-saving work.
  • Women will have the opportunity to take part in the traditional 5k or opt for a 10k route, without having to pay an additional entry fee, at 39 venues across the UK.
  • The entry fee is £14.99 for adults and £10 for girls under 16.  This covers the costs of staging the event series and means that money raised in sponsorship can go to help beat cancer.
  • Race for Life started as one event in 1994 at Battersea Park with 680 participants.
  • Since Race for Life started, an incredible 6.5 million participants across the UK have raised over £490 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s vital work.


About Cancer Research UK

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research
  • The charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
  • Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
  • For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit Follow us on Twitter and Facebook


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