A SLIMMING consultant has proved she is weight-loss royalty after helping herself to a glittering award.

Laurie Griffen, who runs the Drakes Broughton Slimming World group at Drakes Broughton Village Hall, near Pershore, every Wednesday and Thursday, won the Diamond Award for helping people in the area to slim down and improve their health.

The accolade is given to consults in the UK and Ireland who welcomed a minimum of 60 new members to their group in one month and Mrs Griffin, who lost 9.5 stone herself with Slimming World, has become a Diamond Consultant.

Mrs Griffin said: “Lots of people want to lose weight but they often don’t know how. When members come to my group they tell me that they’ve tried losing weight before and it hasn’t worked so they feel like failures.

"I reassure them that it isn’t them who failed but the programme they followed, usually because the diet was too strict or because they didn’t get the right support.

"This leaves people thinking that they can’t do it – that they’ll never succeed with any diet – but members in our Drakes Broughton group have lost a staggering 1,106lb, or 80 stone, in the last seven weeks which just shows how successful our plan really is."