Momentum gathering for new weight gain support group for South Holland

Kimberly Amess and Lucy Stebbins are hoping a new weight gain support group will be ready for clients in September.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Kimberly Amess and Lucy Stebbins are hoping a new weight gain support group will be ready for clients in September. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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Money, supporters and potential clients are steadily lining up for a mother-of-two from Pinchbeck passionate about the struggles people have with gaining weight.

Kimberly Amess (22) is hoping to have her own Weight Gain Support Group ready to offer help and advice to people in the same position she was two years ago when she weighed just 5st 4lbs.

But an inner drive to help others after regaining her own appetite for healthy eating saw Kimberly team up with fiancee Nathan Ward (22) student nurse Lucy Stebbings (21) and others to raise nearly £500 towards the costs of starting the group.

Kimberly, whose story was featured in the Lincolnshire Free Press three weeks ago, said: “Since the article was published, between 40 and 50 people have found us on social media or contacted us by email about their weight gain problems.

“We genuinely want to help people who are struggling, but it’s a big thing to get people to come forward and say ‘I’ve got a problem’”.

To boost the group’s chances of success, a fundraising quiz night took place at Holbeach United Community Sports Academy two weeks ago which raised just over £300.

We genuinely want to help people who are struggling, but it’s a big thing to get people to come forward and say ‘I’ve got a problem’

Kimberly Amess (22), founder of South Holland Weight Gain Support Group

Along with donations pledged on social media, Kimberley has easily smashed her £400 fundraising target ahead of a grand waxing event at Love is in the Hair, Boston Road South, Holbeach, on Saturday, August 13.

Kimberly said: “We’re waiting for the leaflets and posters to be done but we’re hoping to launch the Weight Gain Support Group in September.”

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