A WELL-known TV presenter has commended the inspirational work of a Slimming World consultant from Bridport.

Becs King, who runs a Slimming World group in Bridport, was overwhelmed at the chance to meet Stephen Mulhern, as he presented the annual Slimming World Awards. 

Stephen, who presents Catchphrase, Britain’s Got More Talent and Big Star’s Little Stars, said he was thrilled to meet Becs at the event, held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, and hear her inspirational stories.

He co-hosted the event with the organisation’s founder and chair Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE.

Becs said meeting Stephen was a wonderful way to round off a great 12 months for the Bridport Slimming World group, as well as a brilliant way to gear up for another successful year.

She said: “I couldn’t be prouder of the members of the Bridport group. They’ve lost fantastic amounts of weight throughout 2016, with many of them making their weight loss dreams come true by hitting their target weight, improving their health and confidence and more.

“It’s so rewarding to see people being able to do things that they didn’t think possible before losing weight, whether that’s having more energy and confidence, wearing smaller clothes, taking up new hobbies, reducing medication or doing more with their family and friends. 

"Every week I feel so lucky to play even a small part in people’s achievements and I felt very honoured to represent the Bridport Slimming World group when I met Stephen. 

"He was bowled over by the difference Slimming World makes to people and how it changes their lives, so meeting him has re-inspired me and now I feel super motivated to support even more people in Bridport to lead healthier, happier lives in 2017.”

Stephen said: "I’m known for my magic tricks and there was definitely magic in the air at the Slimming World Awards. The stories I heard from people who had lost amazing amounts of weight and transformed themselves – inside and out – were so inspirational. 

"So many slimmers talked about how their weight loss has allowed them to start really living and be the people that they always dreamed of being – doing things they previously thought they couldn’t, from running for miles to playing with their children and grandchildren.

“While all of their stories were different, the one thing they all had in common was how much they felt they owed to their 'Slimming World family'.

"Every one of them spoke passionately about how they felt that they couldn’t have achieved everything they had or made the changes they have to eat more healthily and become more active without the support, advice and encouragement of their group each and every week. So people like Becs are clearly very important.”