So confident they’ll never need their larger sizes again, slimmers across North Devon have raised more than £8,500 by donating the clothes they’ve successfully slimmed out of to Cancer Research UK.

The North Devon Slimming World groups collected a phenomenal 350 bags of clothes, shoes, homeware and accessories as part of the Big Golden Slimming World Clothes Throw.

The bags will be donated to local Cancer Research UK shops as part of the national fundraising campaign, which this year goes 'gold' as Slimming World celebrates its 50th birthday year.

The Big Golden Slimming World Clothes Throw aims to raise awareness of how keeping a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing some types of cancer.

Each of the filled bags is worth around £25 to the charity, and this year's campaign is aiming to beat the total raised in 2018 - an incredible £3million in just two weeks. Since 2012 the partnership has generated more than £12m worth of stock.

As well fundraising, the partnership between Slimming World and Cancer Research UK aims to raise awareness of the links between obesity and cancer.

Team developer for the North East Devon Slimming World Teams Clare Mutch, is delighted to have raised so much money for charity.

She said: "I can't quite believe how many bags we managed to collect. I knew our members were amazing but I didn't expect such an incredible level of effort - wow.

"Seeing members donate their too-big clothes is just the cherry on top for me as a consultant.

"What I find so special is seeing members transform before my eyes as they lose weight. Many go from shy, apprehensive individuals who join with their confidence at rock bottom. They don't believe they could ever lose the weight they dream of losing.

"When I look them in the eye and tell them they absolutely can be the size they want to be - whatever that is - and that I truly believe in them, things start to change.

"At group members learn to remove feelings of guilt around food, and instead feel empowered by all the free food they can enjoy on Slimming World's healthy eating plan Food Optimising."

Team developer for the North West Devon Slimming World Teams Debby Norris added: "Members also make friends in group, they celebrate success together and they are there for one another through the more challenging times too.

"As the weight drops off and the energy levels soar, many of them become more active too - walking, swimming, playing with the kids - there really is no stopping them!

"I'm so proud of my members and their efforts. They really do put their heart into everything they do. Whether it's their weight loss, supporting each other each week or raising money for charity - they continually blow me away."

Anyone who would like to find out more about Slimming World or the Big Golden Slimming World Clothes Throw is invited to get in touch with Clare or Debby on 07951 738890 or 07592 451311.