HARLOW slimmers have raised thousands of pounds after donating old clothes in aid of a cancer charity. 

The Slimming World Clothes Throw, which took place in aid of Cancer Research UK, concluded with great success, raising approximately £6,250 for the charity.

The group of fundraisers have since also signed up for the Race For Life, taking place this weekend, to help bring increase the total donation figure.

Epping Forest Guardian: Consultant Donna Boon Consultant Donna Boon (Image: Slimming World)

Slimming World decided to raise money for the cancer charity as being overweight has been shown to increase the risk of developing some types of cancer.

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A spokesman from Slimming World said: "Being overweight doesn’t mean that someone will develop cancer, but being overweight makes it more likely that someone will develop it, compared to a healthy weight.

"A person’s exact risk will depend on lots of factors, including things they can’t change such as age and genetics

"Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight could prevent around 22,800 cases of cancer every year in the UK, and reduce the risk of 13 types of cancer - such as breast, bowel, womb, ovarian and gall bladder cancer

"We have supported Cancer Research UK and the Irish Cancer Society since 2013 and has raised more than £18 million."