A weight loss expert has as won an award for inspiring people to change their lives.
Members of Maxeen Andrew’s Chapel St Leonards Slimming World group have shed a combined 160st 9lb so far this year.
The achievements of the group has resulted in Maxeen, from Skegness, winning a Bronze Slimming World award.
The accolade is awarded to consultants who build up a group of around 50 members who are helped to lose weight and improve their health.
Maxeen was motivated to start her own groups in Chapel and Skegness after losing four stone with Slimming World 10 years ago.
She said: “I am delighted to have received the bronze award on behalf of the group.
“Losing weight made me feel happier and healthier and gave me so much more confidence. I became a consultant because I wanted to share that feeling and help others achieve the same success.”
Retired firefighter Michael Ebborn has lost almost six stone since becoming a group member just over a year ago.
Michael, who was awarded an MBE for his work on behalf of the Fire Fighters charity, said: “The support from the group is marvellous, every week they give you that push and I just look forward to going.
“Maxeen really keeps everyone motivated. I lost a couple of stone in the first month, the weight just fell off. It’s brilliant Maxeen has won the award, she really deserves it.”
Amy Farrell, from Chapel, has shed 3st 8lb after joining the group three months ago.
She said: “Being in the group has really set the standard. Maxine is always there for you and does her very best to help. She keeps us all together, we are like one big family.
“I have tried dieting on my own, but you need the support and advice from other people. My confidence has really improved. I don’t have a target weight and am just taking it one week at a time.”
Maxeen will be in the running for a silver or gold award if the group continues its success.
She added: “The award belongs to the group members. They are the ones who make the group the success it is, with their fabulous commitment and wonderful support they give each other every week.”
The Chapel St Leonards group meets Tuesday, 7.30pm at the Village Hall, Sea Road.
New members are welcome to go along or call Maxeen on 07767361806.