Weight Watchers members have been keeping an eye on their waistlines to donate chocolate eggs to needy Lincolnshire children.
Weight Watchers Diamond Leader Tracy Ferguson asked her members from Grantham, Newark and North Hykeham to donate Easter eggs and money to put a smile of the faces of the children at St Andrew’s Hospice in Grimsby.
They decided to support the charity because of its vital work with children and their families who are experiencing a life-limiting illness. Hospice representative for St Andrew’s Lauren Alexander has been a member of Tracy’s Monday morning class at the Guildhall, Grantham, for two years which gives them an insight into the works of the hospice and members wanted to show their support.
Tracy said: “I encouraged members this Easter to watch their waistlines and support the children’s hospice. We collected an impressive 166 and £56, which I know will go a long way to help to provide some lasting memories for the children and their families this Easter.”
Hospice representative Lauren Alexander said: “It’s wonderful that my fellow Weight Watchers members have decided to get behind the hospice. The eggs will be given as gifts to the children patients and their siblings and also be used in part of our Easter Egg Hunt, the nurses organise on Easter Sunday.”
“It costs £1.7 million to run annually and we receive only three per cent of funding from local authorities.
“St Andrew’s is Lincolnshire’s only children’s hospice, providing free care for babies, youngsters and teenagers with life-limiting illnesses. It provides many services, including end-of-life care, respite and symptom control, but most important is its ethos of ‘making each day count’. Children who attend go on days out, take part in craft making and other fun activities.”
For more information about St Andrew’s, visit www.standrewschildrenshospice.co.uk or follow @helpstandrews on Twitter. To join Weightwatchers on a Monday at the Guildhall at 9.45am or 12.15pm contact Tracy Ferguson on 07871950256.