Two Welwyn Hatfield-based Slimming World consultants have been recognised for their work in supporting their respective groups with their weight loss goals.

Amy Jeffries and Julie Horrocks have been awarded gold status from the major weight-loss service, and were invited to a celebration day at the Slimming World's headquarters in Derbyshire earlier this month.

 Julie runs Welwyn Garden City's Thursday night group, while Amy runs the Wednesday night sessions in Hatfield.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Amy Jeffries runs the Hatfield Slimming World group

Between them they have supported over 40 members to achieve their target weights so far this year and, with many more close to scoring their goals, they have said they are "hugely proud of the difference they make within community".

They said:  “While we are the ones collecting this award, it’s an achievement for everyone in our  groups – they’ve absolutely gone for gold when it comes to their weight loss!

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Julie Horrocks has been recognised with a gold award by Slimming World

"So far this year they’ve lost a total of 666.5st between them. They’ve not only lost weight though, they’ve improved their health, transformed their eating habits with our flexible Food Optimising plan and become more active with our Body Magic physical activity support programme.

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"There’s such a brilliant energy in our group, we have so much fun – everyone’s welcomed with kindness and given so much support.

"There’s no better place to be if you want to lose weight and improve your health!

"Seeing new members arrive at our group with their self-esteem at rock bottom and then seeing those same members grow in confidence and self-belief so much that they can achieve their dreams is nothing short of amazing.

"We truly believe we have the best role in the world. The support and training I’ve received from Slimming World has been second to none, and the celebration event was a great way to mark all that we’ve achieved as a group.”

New members are welcome to join Amy on Wednesdays at St Peters Church Hall, Bishops Rise 4pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm or Thursdays at The United Reform Church in Welwyn Garden City at  3.30pm, 5pm or 6.30pm with Julie.