THE manager of Slimming World in the Midhurst and Petworth area has been praised by one of Britain’s best-loved comedians.
Lorenza Samuels, who manages Slimming World groups in Midhurst and Petworth, was thrilled when she got the chance to meet television personality Paddy McGuinness when he co-hosted the Slimming World awards with the organisation’s founder, Margaret Miles-Bramwell.
Bolton-born Paddy shot to fame in Channel 4 comedy Phoenix Nights alongside school friend Peter Kay before becoming a popular stand-up comedian and presenter on shows including ITV1’s Take Me Out.
Lorenza said meeting Paddy at the event, which was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, was the cherry on the top of what was a great year for Slimming World.
“Obviously the most important thing of all is that our members have lost weight and improved their health and we’re so proud of all of them – many have achieved their target weights and been able do things they never thought possible before slimming down, including taking up new hobbies, reducing medication or simply fitting in smaller-sized clothes.
“And they’re helping their entire family to eat more healthily, too.
“I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds for Slimming World and I’d love anyone who’s thinking about losing weight this January to join us.”
Paddy said: “I have to admit the most I knew about Slimming World before the awards was a gag in Peter’ Kay’s routine that refers to Slimming World as being £1 cheaper than its competitors!
“Jokes aside, I was genuinely amazed to hear about what a difference people like Lorenza who run and manage Slimming World groups make to people’s lives.
“Before I started working in comedy I was a fitness instructor so I know how important it is to look after yourself, but equally I know it’s not always easy to motivate yourself.
“So, having the right help and support to keep you on track really is invaluable.”