A group of slimmers are preparing to shed the pounds while raising cash in support of two charities close to their hearts.
About 70 members of the Wellingborough Slimming World morning group are taking part in the organisation’s national Slim for Good campaign.
The six-week drive aims to help people lose weight while raising money for a good cause in the local area, and the group has chosen to support Because of Beau.
Beau is the two-year-old daughter of one of its members who was diagnosed with Haemangioma, a type of tumour.
Despite having treatment, the tumour kept growing instead of reducing so doctors sent her for a biopsy where they found it was cancerous.
Beau has since been referred to Leicester Royal Infirmary and Great Ormond Street Hospital for intense chemotherapy.
She is currently nearing the end of her radiotherapy, but has now contracted E coli.
However it is hoped she can start her year’s worth of maintenance chemotherapy soon and will then be able to return home.
Mum Emma Shani said: “We’re so happy, the Wellingborough Slimming World group have supported us right from the start, we have friends for life.
“Their donations will make such a difference to us.”
She added: “Thank you to everyone who is involved.”
The Wellingborough group is hoping to lose 40 stone in total, and members of the Rushden morning group are also taking part in the sponsored slim.
They want to lose 70 stone for Jayden’s Pirates, a remembrance fund raising cash for the Meningitis Research Foundation in memory of Jayden Nel, from Rushden, who died from the disease aged three in 2012.