Slimmers are a hit with Jason Donovan

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Two Slimming World Consultants from Banbridge are feeling ready to make any weight-loss dreams come true after meeting legendary soap actor and pop-star Jason Donovan.

Pat Murphy and Sharon McAlinden were delighted to get a chance to cuddle up to the Australian heart-throb when he swapped Ramsay Street for the annual Slimming World Awards. He co-hosted the event with the organisation’s chair and founder Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE.

Pat, who runs a Slimming World group at Banbridge Hockey Club every Thursday, said meeting Jason was a wonderful way to round off a fabulous year for Slimming World, as well as a great way to get ready for another successful 12 months: “I couldn’t be prouder of our members,” she said.

“They’ve lost fantastic amounts of weight throughout 2015, with many of them making their weight loss dreams come true by hitting their target weight, improving their health and more.

“It’s so rewarding to see people being able to do things that they didn’t think possible before losing weight, whether that’s wearing smaller clothes, taking up new hobbies, reducing medication or being able to do more with their family and friends. Every week I feel so lucky to play even a small part in people’s achievements and I felt very honoured to represent our Slimming World groups when I met Jason. Now I feel incredibly motivated and I can’t wait to support more people in Banbridge to lead healthier, happier lives in 2016.”

Jason, who found fame on Aussie soap opera Neighbours before launching a pop music and stage career, said he was thrilled to meet Pat and Sharon at the event, which was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre.

Sharon, who runs a Slimming World group at Parish Centre Edenderry Road, Banbridge every Tuesday, says 2015 has been a big year for Slimming World, with the organisation welcoming hundreds of thousands of members and launching its first-ever food range, and hopes 2016 will be just as successful.

“What I love is that while our members lose weight, they also grow in confidence and happiness – we joke the only thing that gets bigger at our groups is our smiles! We’ve had a lot of fun together in 2015 and I can’t wait to see what 2016 holds for. I’d love anyone who’s thinking about losing weight this January to join us.”

To join Slimming World call Pat on 07743 352028 or Sharon on 07411 306644 or visit to find your nearest group.