Nomination for a couple of slimmers

A couple who shed eight stone between them have been nominated for a national award.

Katie Askew and Clare Gibson were nominated as Slimming World’s ‘Couple of the Year’ after the 29-year-olds shed eight stone between them.

The pair, from Seaton Delaval, joined their local group after a holiday to Marrakesh in which neither could pluck up the courage to wear a swimsuit or sleeveless top.

Katie said: “When I came home and saw the photos I knew we had to do something.

“We’d let ourselves slip into a comfortable but unhealthy routine of easy meals and nights in front of the TV.”

The pair attended the national finals at Slimming World’s head office in Derby.

Katie said: “It was an amazing day.

“Meeting all the other nominees was wonderful, knowing how they felt and then hearing their weight loss stories brought a tear to your eye.

“Everyone who was there that day deserved to win, we’d all come so far.”

The couple have now both reached their target weights and celebrated by booking a holiday to Malta, where they both plan on wearing bikinis and enjoying the sunshine.

Katie has now opened her own Slimming World group at Seaton Sluice First School every Tuesday at 7.15pm and plans to open a second group which will meet at 7.30pm on Thursdays at the Seahorse pub, Plessey Road, Blyth.