Jessie meets the Jessabelles in London

HOOP UK were delighted to welcome the amazing Jessabelles, 15 wonderful Jessie Pavelka Fans, as well as Jessie Pavelka himself to The Academy Hotel in London’s Gower Street.

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Jessie Pavelka Supporting HOOP UK in London

Presenter of Sky 1 A Year to Save my Life supports HOOP UK (Help Overcoming Obesity Problems)

Presenter and fitness expert Jessie Pavelka will soon be on UK screens with Series 2 of Sky TV’s, A Year to Save my Life. He is currently in London working on the new series, but on Saturday 8th December he will be meeting a group of Jessie Pavelka fans called The Jessabelles. The meet and greet has raised £2700 for new obesity support organisation HOOP UK Ltd of which Pavelka is a Patron.

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NSPCC add their support to HOOP UK

After talks with HOOP UK’s Lesley McCormack, we are delighted to report that the NSPCC Manchester Service Centre have agreed to support HOOP UK in an advisory capacity.

This gives us huge support as we move forward working with young people who are struggling with weight issues. As a young organisation it is so important that we have the advice and credibility from organisations such as the NSPCC.

Great news!



Jessabelles win meet and greet with Jessie

All of us at HOOP are really excited to officially announce the winners of our very special auction to spend 2 hours with the Sky 1 presenter and HOOP Patron, Jessie Pavelka.

The Jessabelles Group raised between them a massive £2702.50 for HOOP which means we are now in the process of applying for charitable status.

The girls will be coming to meet Jessie for a meet and greet session in November and we are looking forward to meeting them and thanking them personally.

It should be a fun day!!


Auction Time with Jessie Pavelka

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HOOP UK is delighted to announce that Jessie has donated a two hour training session for us to auction to further the work of HOOP UK.

Many of you will have seen Jessie as presenter of Obese: A Year to Save my Life on Sky 1. Series Two is currently underway and in November Jessie will be back in the UK working and filming with the contributors.

Whilst he is here he has offered to hold a training session with the highest bidder. As a new organisation this is just what HOOP UK needs. We are working towards getting charitable status and this will hugely help us to have the requisite amount to be able to do that.

So, a great big THANK YOU to Jessie. What a complete star!

This is a 7 day ‘semi-silent’ auction and so ends at 9pm on Tuesday 25th September. We will give you an idea of the highest bid each evening and announce the final winner after the bidding closes.







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Jessie Pavelka helping HOOP reach their goal

Great News!!

If you have ever watched Sky Television’s Obese: A Year to Save my Life, you will know of the very lovely Jessie Pavelka who motivates and trains the contributors. Hoop amabassador Lee Veasey is friends with Jessie after he took part in the series last year.

We are delighted that Jessie has offered HOOP a two hour training session with him so that we can auction it to help raise the money that we need to apply for Charitable Status in the UK.

We will soon be launching the full details of how you can bid for this fantastic prize, meet Jessie and help HOOP at the same time.

The session will take place when Jessie is here in the UK during November. 

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Our Scruff Cat Raises £100 for HOOP UK

We would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to our Scruff Cat, alias Lynne who recently attended a boot fair on our behalf and raised a HUGE £100!

Lynne, we can’t thank you enough. HOOP UK is currently working on raising the minimum amount we need to be able to apply for Charitable Status. So, as you can imagine, this helps so much. Thank you!

Big HOOP UK Hug!


Kellogg’s are Founder Contributors

HOOP UK is delighted to announce that Kelloggs have genrously gifted £2000 to help fund the start up of HOOP UK. This has meant that we have been able to create this website, the HOOP UK brand and register the company. These are all things that need to be put in place providing a firm foundation on which HOOP UK can thrive.

We would all like to say a great big THANK YOU to Bruce Learner of Kelloggs who has made this happen and for believing in Lesley and her dream.


Good News Story for HOOP UK Family

Manchester Evening News has taken a particular interest in ‘our Allie’, the initial inspiration for HOOP UK. We love stories like this to reach the press. It shows the determination of Allie which in turn is a massive inspiration to so many other people.

Allie continues to make great progress with her personal trainer, Andy.

Thanks MEN! Full story here.

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HOOP UK is born

Allie McCormack was bullied at school for being overweight. Her life was miserable. Her parents were distraught beyond belief. Allie’s Mum Lesley worked tirelessly to find the help and support that she needed to, in turn, help her youngest daughter. The frustration was immense but Lesley refused to give up.

To the detriment of her own health, Lesley took her plight to the GP, the local PCT and even Downing Street, but she kept coming up against brick walls which just added to her panic attacks and anxiety.

Finally, Lesley discovered a summer camp that had been created by Professor Paul Gately, now a family friend and supporter of Lesley’s work with HOOP UK.

Allie’s family managed to raise the funds allowing her to attend this life changing summer camp.

The picture below is how Allie is now – just like any other teenager. She is fit, healthy and happy. Her regular trips to the local gym pay tribute to that!

But not all parents can afford the fee, which at the time was £3500. Lesley decided that somehow she had to help. That was when she created HOOP UK.

HOOP UK started as a support group on Facebook but has now gone on to be a fully fledged organisation. A company limited by guarantee, HOOP UK is applying for charitable status and will be raising money to help children like Allie.

It will also be working with professional organsiations to bring awareness to the general public about how obesity can destroy lives and where help can be found.

If you would like to get involved with HOOP, contact us here.

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