Sharon meets Aussie popstar

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A Slimming World manager from Coleraine is feeling ready to make any (weight-loss) dream come true after meeting legendary soap actor and popstar Jason Donovan.

Sharon Carter, who manages Slimming World groups in Coleraine, was delighted to get a chance to cuddle up to the Australian heartthrob when he swapped Ramsay Street for the annual Slimming World Awards.

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

Sharon said meeting Jason was a wonderful way to round off a fabulous year for Slimming World, as well as a great way to get ready for another successful 12 months: “I couldn’t be prouder of all of the members in Coleraine.

“They’ve lost fantastic amounts of weight throughout 2015, with many of them making their weight loss dreams come true by hitting their target weight, improving their health 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 wearing smaller clothes, taking up new hobbies, reducing medication or being able to do 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 all of the Slimming World groups in Coleraine when I met Jason. Now I feel incredibly motivated and I can’t wait to support more people to lead healthier, happier lives in 2016.”

Jason, who found fame on Aussie soap opera Neighbours before launching a pop music and stage career, said he was thrilled to meet Sharon at the event, which was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre.

He added: “I’ve been in the business for some time now and I like to think that I have improved with age and experience. It certainly sounds like Slimming World’s only going from strength to strength too, and as they enter their 47th year of helping people to lose weight they’re better placed than ever before to help people to lead healthier lives.

Sharon says 2015 has been a big year for Slimming World as it launched its first-ever food range, and hopes 2016 will be just as successful: “Lots of people will be making resolutions to lose weight and improve their health this New Year. I truly believe that Slimming World group is the best way for people to lose weight and learn new habits.”