Dispatch district slimming club leader meets Paddy McGuinness

It definitely wasn’t a case of ‘no likey, no lighty’ when Hucknall and Bulwell Slimming World groups’ manager, Alison Crawford, met comedian and TV presenter Paddy McGuinness at an annual awards ceremony.

Alison was delighted to get a chance to meet Paddy when he co-hosted the Slimming World Awards with the organisation’s chairman and founder Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE.

Alison said meeting Paddy at the event, which was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, was the cherry on the top of a great year for Slimming World: “Obviously the most important thing of all is that our members have lost weight and improved their health throughout 2013 and we’re so proud of all of our members – many of them have achieved their target weights and been able do things they never thought possible before slimming down.

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“But as well as seeing success on the scales, we’ve had a lot of fun throughout the year too – we’ve held parties in group and raised money for charity.

“I’d love anyone who’s thinking about losing weight this January to join us.”

Bolton-born Paddy, who shot to fame in Channel 4 comedy Phoenix Nights alongside school friend Peter Kay before becoming a popular stand-up comedian and TV presenter on shows including ITV1’s Take Me Out, said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

He said: “I was genuinely amazed to hear about what a difference people like Alison who run and manage Slimming World groups make to people’s lives.

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“Before I started working in comedy I was a fitness instructor so I know how important it is to look after yourself, but equally I know it’s not always easy to motivate yourself. So, having the right help and support to keep you on track really is invaluable.”

To get your 2014 off to a super slimming start visit www.slimmingworld.com or call 0844 897 8000 to find your nearest group.