A Whitchurch Slimming World consultant was congratulated on helping people to lose weight and change their lives by singer and TV presenter Peter Andre.

Tina Hayward, who runs a Slimming World group at Wem Methodist Church, every Wednesday and at Whitchurch’s Civic Centre every Thursday, was delighted to get a chance to meet Peter when he presented the annual Slimming World Awards.

Tina 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 £3.3 million in just two weeks.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the members of the Whitchurch group,” said Tina. “Throughout 2017 they have lost fantastic amounts of weight, with many of them hitting their target weights, improving their health and boosting their confidence.

“It’s so rewarding to see people being able to do things that they didn’t think were possible before losing weight, whether that’s having more energy, feeling happier, wearing smaller clothes, taking up new hobbies, reducing medication or doing more with their family and friends.

“Every week I feel extremely lucky to play even a small part in people’s achievements and I felt very honoured to represent the Whitchurch group 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 and it reminded me what an important and privileged role I have as a consultant.”

Tina added that she feels joining a Slimming World group in 2018 is the best way for people to lose weight, learn new habits and improve their lifestyle.

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

He added: “It was an honour to be invited to present the Slimming World Awards. I met so many incredible people who had lost amazing amounts of weight and transformed themselves – inside and out. 

“There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that Slimming World and people like Tina are very special.”