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Harleston and Dickleburgh slimmers team up for cancer charity walk

Bev Poole and Rosie Riches at Race for Life
Bev Poole and Rosie Riches at Race for Life

Two women who achieved a combined weight loss of almost nine stone celebrated their success by walking 5km in aid of cancer research.

Bev Poole, from Dickleburgh, and Rosie Riches, from Harleston, completed the Race for Life event in Norwich earlier this month.

They raised more than £500 between them.

Bev lost three stone and six pounds since joining her local Slimming World group in Harleston in August, 2018, while Rosie shed five stone and four pounds.

They have both lost family and friends to cancer.

Fifty-seven-year-old Bev said: “When I was overweight, I used to suffer with arthritis, so losing the weight has really helped ease the pressure on my joints.

“Now, being much more mobile, I signed up for Race for Life in memory of a close friend I lost in 2015.

“It is a terrible disease and the more we can help the better.”

Rosie, 61, said: “As the weight fell off, my fitness improved and I started to enjoy running on a regular basis.

“I lost my granddad to cancer and have seen first-hand the effect it has on the entire family.

“I was truly honoured to be part of the Race for Life event alongside Bev and raise money for such a worthy cause – to help beat cancer.”

Apart from weight loss techniques, based on healthy eating, Bev and Rosie also learned other ways to help improve fitness.

“At Slimming World, we learn that getting more active doesn’t have to be joining the gym or running marathons,” said Rosie.

“It can be as simple as walking the grandchildren to school, doing the gardening or even hitting the dance floor when you feel like it. Anything that raises the heart rate a little will count.”

Lisa Hartgrove runs the Thursday night Harleston Slimming World group at Archbishop Sancroft High School.

She said: “I’m so proud of Bev and Rosie. They’re fantastic ambassadors and what they’ve achieved is nothing short of incredible.

“Both ladies are a huge inspiration to everyone in our group.

“I hope they inspire more people to get active and improve their health, while also helping raising awareness of the links between obesity and cancer.”

The Thursday night group starts at 7.30pm. For more information, email losewithlisa@outlook.com

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