Reality check for Gillian at annual awards

Gillian is pictured with Mark Wright at the Slimming World awards.
Gillian is pictured with Mark Wright at the Slimming World awards.

MONTROSE Slimming World manager Gillian Hetherton met reality television star Mark Wright recently at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony.

The weight-loss organisation’s annual event celebrates its most successful slimmers and Gillian was thrilled to get the chance to pose for a photo with Mark at the event in Birmingham.

Mark, who shot to fame on The Only Way is Essex before taking to the jungle as a contestant in I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here, now fronts ITV2 show Take Me Out The Gossip.

He said: “Presenting the Slimming World Awards was a real honour. I was absolutely blown away by the people who joined us on stage. I couldn’t believe how much weight they’d lost and what a difference it had made to their lives – they were like completely different people. In fact, throughout the day I met so many fantastic people, not only the slimmers collecting awards but also amazing people like Gillian who run and manage the Slimming World groups and help them achieve so much.”

The club now helps more than a million people every year to lose weight and lead healthier, happier lives at one of its 9,500 weekly sessions.

Gillian said: “There’s still a lot of work to be done. With one of the highest levels of obesity in Europe right here in the UK, we want to help even more people to slim down and improve their health starting this January.

“At this time of year lots of people will be making New Year’s resolutions and pledging to lose weight, and we’d love anyone who wants to make a change to come along and join us.”

Details about the local Slimming World group are available by calling 0844 897 8000 or online at