CHRISTINE Mitchell has won an unprecedented 12th Diamond Award for helping Cumnock residents lose weight for the last 20 years.

She has supported thousands of residents change to a healthier lifestyle leading to her latest accolade for services to Weight Watchers members in the community.

It grants her Weight Watchers Diamond Coach status which is only achieved by a select group of Weight Watchers experts across the country.

Members joined Christine at a recent meeting in Cumnock when she was presented with the sparkling certificate confirming the honour.

One of them, Heather, has lost six stone since joining, and said the accolade was very well-deserved.

Heather added: "“I absolutely love Christine’s meetings. Every week we learn so much not just about food but about life too. 

"I love the holistic approach of Christine’s meetings and I am feeling better than I have ever felt in my life. I can’t wait to go on holiday this year in my bikini for the first time ever."

With the recent launch of Weight Watchers Flex, Christine continuously encourages her members to enjoy food with freedom and teaches them to adopt healthy eating habits.

Her success in Cumnock and Ayr has led to numerous awards and accolades over the years including UK Leader of the Year and The Jean Nidetch Award.

But she recognises the efforts made by her members, saying: “I’m so proud of them and what they’ve achieved. It has been a fantastic year and to receive this award for doing something I love is amazing. It’s great to see my members enjoying the food they love and jumping off the scales feeling happy."

Dumfries Arms Hotel, 54 Glaisnock Street, Cumnock, hosts Christine's meetings every Thursday at 8.30am, 10am, 3.15pm, 5pm and 6.30pm.

In addition she is at the Mercure Hotel, Dalblair Road, Ayr on a Tuesday at 9am, 10.30am, 5pm and 6.30pm, then at 10am every Wednesday.