Horncastle’s Joanne voted as ‘Miss Slinky’ after shifting six stone

Star slimmer Joanne Burnett with her old jeans after losing six and a half stone
Star slimmer Joanne Burnett with her old jeans after losing six and a half stone

A super slimmer from Horncastle has been named ‘Miss Slinky’ by her Slimming World Group after losing an incredible six and a half stone.

Joanne Burnett attends Horncastle’s Slimming World group and has dropped six dress sizes, going from 19st 11lbs to 13st 4lb.

The 21-year-old was voted ‘Miss Slinky 2013’ by her peers and has been part of the group since May 2012.

Joanne is now waiting to hear if she has scooped the national title of Slimming World’s annual ‘Miss Slinky’ competition, which would win her a £2,000 shopping spree.

Joanne said: “I couldn’t believe it when everyone voted me as ‘Miss Slinky’. I’ve never felt Slinky before, but - thanks to Slimming World- I am now, and it feels great.

“I’ve always thought of Christmas as the time of year to dress up in something gorgeous and sparkly, but I didn’t feel confident enough and avoided certain shops and styles because of my size too.

“Sometimes I felt so unhappy and desperate about the way I looked that I didn’t even want to go out.

“This year I’m going to have lots of fun finding that perfect party outfit.”

Joanne was quick to thank Horncastle consultant Karen Hamilton who has supported her on her journey.

“Everyone has been so supportive, especially Karen - I can’t imagine not going to my Slimming World group.

“I’ve made so many friends there and I don’t think I could have done so well without their support so I want to be there to help them all to reach their targets as well.”

The group runs every Tuesday at 10am at Horncastle Community Centre, or every Thursday at 7.30pm at the Stanhope Hall.

Karen said: “I hope Joanne shows people that whether you’ve got a little or a lot to lose, slimming down can make a huge difference to your confidence and self-esteem.

“People might think it’s a bit of a daft time to be joining a slimming club right now, just a few weeks before Christmas but, in fact, it’s a great time to start slimming.”

For more information on joining Horncastle’s Slimming World group call Karen on 07900 062817.