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A weight-loss expert from Melksham has struck gold for the exceptional work she does in helping more than 150 people in the area to lose weight every week.
Claire Wilkinson, who runs the Bowerhill Slimming World group every week, was presented with a prestigious Gold Award at the organisation’s annual national awards ceremony in Birmingham by the founder and chairman, Margaret Miles-Bramwell, because of her exceptional success in supporting slimmers to reach their dream weight.
In March, Claire became one of Slimming World’s high-flying Gold Consultants for the first time. The accolade is awarded in recognition of achieving the highest levels of support for slimmers, with Claire giving expert advice to help the people of Melksham reach their weight-loss goals week after week.
Claire was one of a group of just 40 of the organisations 5,000 Slimming World consultants to ‘go Gold’ this year, making Melksham home to some of the most exceptional support in the UK.
Claire says, “I’m delighted to have received this Gold Award. I truly love my job and I feel so passionate about helping people to change their lives by losing weight. Seeing them achieve their dreams is so rewarding and being given this recognition really is the icing on the cake.
“I’ve worked really hard to make sure that members who join my group get the highest level of service and the weight-loss success they deserve. It’s great to be able to tell people in Melksham that they have one of the best Slimming World groups in the UK and Ireland on their doorstep.
“It’s not just a triumph for me, but also for the 150 members in the Bowerhill group. They’re the ones who make it the success it is, with their fabulous energy, the warm welcome they give to new members and the wonderful compassionate support they show to each other every week. That’s as well as their impressive weight losses while following Slimming World’s hunger-busting Food Optimising eating plan and getting more active, of course.
“Each week, as members lose weight, I see them growing in confidence. I see them changing their health, becoming more active, trying out new foods and recipes, and finding the courage to take on challenges that they’ve always dreamed of. Members who arrive at group with their self-esteem at rock bottom start to hold their heads high and stand tall as they lose weight successfully and share their experiences and success with the rest of the group.
“It was an honour to collect this award and be on stage in Birmingham – I just wish I could have taken all of my members with me!”
Like all Slimming World consultants, Claire lost weight at a group herself and so knows just how valuable group support can be. Consultants receive in-depth training from the Slimming World Academy to help give their members the support they need to make long-term changes to their eating and activity habits.
To join the Bowerhill group, which is held every Monday at 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm at Bowerhill Village Hall, Halifax Road, either pop along or give Claire a call on 07900 601239.