A GROUP dedicated to helping people lose weight in Cumnock met singer Peter Andre at an awards ceremony.

Slimming World consultants, Kimberley Sim, Tracey-Anne Gardiner and Sarah Terrey, were in attendance at the event which he was co-hosting.

Kimberley Sim said Peter’s presence at the awards was extra special because earlier in 2017 he supported Slimming World’s most successful fundraising event ever – The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw, which raised a record-breaking £3.3m in just two weeks.

The annual clothes throw encourages Slimming World’s 900,000 group members to donate the clothes, shoes, bags and accessories that are now too big for them to Cancer Research UK, by filling up specially-branded bags and taking them along to their weekly group sessions.

Kimberley said: “We couldn’t be prouder of our members.

“Every week we feel extremely lucky to play even a small part in people’s achievements and we felt very honoured to represent our Slimming World groups at the Slimming World Awards.

“Cuddling up to Peter was a real treat. He was bowled over by the difference Slimming World makes to people’s lives.

“Now we’re heading into 2018 super motivated to support even more people in Cumnock to be inspired to lose weight and lead healthier and happier lives.”

Peter, who set up his own foundation with Cancer Research UK after losing his brother to cancer, said he was thrilled to meet the consultants at the event in Birmingham’s International Convention Centre.

He added: “It was an honour to be invited to present the Awards. I met so many incredible people who had transformed themselves – inside and out. While each of them were inspirational in their own special way, the one thing they all had in common was how much they felt they owed to their “Slimming World family” in helping them to do things they always dreamed of.”