Wisbech Slimming World leader celebrates 20th anniversary

Val Stanford (centre) with arms full of flowers celebrates 20 years with Slimming World. ANL-150705-114513009
Val Stanford (centre) with arms full of flowers celebrates 20 years with Slimming World. ANL-150705-114513009

A Wisbech St Mary woman has celebrated 20 years of helping people in Fenland to slim down.

Val Stanford became a Slimming World leader shortly after joining up in 1995.
She turned to the group after putting on weight while off work for seven months and has never looked back.
Mrs Stanford now runs three sessions from St Peter’s Church Hall in Wisbech on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
She said: “I believe in Slimming World and have had a lot of satisfaction of seeing people overcome obesity.
“It is good to know that people have been able to have important operations because of the weight loss. One of my members was able to have a hip operation early because he had lost so much weight.”
Mrs Stanford was joined by past and current members along with Slimming World colleagues in celebrating her milestone achievement during a party on Thursday last week.
She had been presented with flowers and gifts.

Slimming World leader Val Stanford is pictured with friends at the party PICTURE: ALAN MILLER mfcp15am05013