Corby and Kettering slimmers donate hundreds of bags of clothing to charity

The Slimming World collection in Corby
The Slimming World collection in Corby

Slimmers from Corby and Kettering have collected more than 350 bags of unwanted clothes to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Members of Slimming World groups in the two towns have been taking part in the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw by donating all the clothes they no longer fit into after losing weight.

The Slimming World collection at Tesco in Kettering

The Slimming World collection at Tesco in Kettering

The challenge was to collect as many bags of clothes, toys, books and other items by having a spring clean of your wardrobe to boost funds for the charity.

Last year, the Corby and Kettering slimming groups collected more than 200 bags, but they smashed that target this year with more than 350 bags.

Sonia Mathieson, who runs several Slimming World groups in Corby, said the numbers are still coming in, but they have already collected 352 bags donated at the Cancer Research shop in Corby and Tesco in Kettering.

She said: “The store in Corby said the items they received were of really high quality.

“They have been busily processing the bags, and are still at it.

“In fact they are in need of volunteers so if anyone fancies helping out, just get in touch with the shop.

“Most of us have been touched by cancer, and I am really pleased to be able to support them.

“I’m also really proud of the support from all our members.”

Each filled bag could raise up to £30 with Gift Aid when clothes are recycled or re-sold.

Cancer Research UK also accepts damaged clothes which can be turned into rags, jewellery, belts, bags, ties and shoes.

The bags were collected on Saturday, but people can still donate at any Cancer Research UK shop and they are asked to state that the donations are for the Slimming World Clothes Throw.

Since the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw was launched in 2013, Slimming World members have raised £3.8 million for Cancer Research UK by donating the clothes which are too big for them.