TWO slimming consultants from Herefordshire have been rubbing shoulders with a TV personality.

Maggie Richards and Helen Furnell met up with presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, who was co-hosting the annual Slimming World Awards with the organisation’s founder and chairman Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE

Slimming World marks 50 years in 2019 and Maggie, who runs a Slimming World group at Eignbrook Church Hall, Whitecross every Tuesday and The Strand Hall, Builth Wells every Thursday, said meeting the TV host was a wonderful way to round off a great year.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the members of the Hereford groups," she said. "Not only have they lost fantastic amounts of weight throughout 2018, they’ve also improved their health, boosted their confidence and are heading into 2019 with new healthy habits that will stay with them for life.

“Watching people change before my eyes and start being able to do things that they didn’t think possible before losing weight absolutely amazes me.”

Helen, who runs a group at The Swan Hotel, Hay-On-Wye every Tuesday and The Burton Hotel, Kington every Thursday, said: “2018 has been a brilliant year for Slimming World. We’re hoping our Golden Year will be even more successful and we have a string of exciting activities planned to celebrate our 50th birthday in style, including the launch of brand-new websites and apps, golden events and special publications.

"I’d love for anyone who wants to make a change to join us, I promise they won’t look back!”

Rylan said he was thrilled to meet Maggie and Helen at the event at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre.

He said: “I met so many people who had lost incredible amounts of weight and made a huge difference to their lives. People like Maggie and Helen are clearly worth their weight in gold.”

Call Maggie on 07788 460494 or Helen on 01497 822881 or visit to find your nearest group.