A WINDY WALK IN SALTBURN-BY-THE-SEA SUPPORTING OBESITY CHARITY
A group supporting newly formed charity HOOP (Helping Overcome Obesity Problems) joined up to enjoy a breezy walk along the beach at Saltburn-by-the-Sea on Easter Sunday. The 4.5 mile beach walk organised by HOOP Trustee Louise Foster-Spanner, was started with a ceremonial launching of balloons by all who took part and went from Saltburn Pier to Marske and back.. The gathering marked the fact that HOOP has now gained charitable status and is beginning it’s work to bring help and support to obese adults and children across the UK.
Founding Director, Lesley McCormack said:
‘HOOP started via a Facebook group about 2 years ago. I had gone through some tough times getting help for my daughter, Allie, who was 14 stone at 10 years old. Nobody seemed to understand how it was effecting not only Allie, but the rest of the family as well. I was unable to get support from the NHS or my GP. It was a nightmare. We then discovered More Life Camps and I eventually managed to get the funds together to send Allie. She had a brilliant time and has never looked back.’
HOOP has been created to support adults and children who struggle with obesity. They currently have over 500 members and more are joining everyday.
‘We are the hub for all that surrounds obesity. Our aim is to link together the Experts by Experience with the Experts by Training so that the right help can be generated in the right way. We are raising money to support children and adults alike to give them a chance to live healthy, happy lives’
The walk in Saltburn was a moment to literally ‘draw a line in the sand’. The majority of funds surrounding obesity in the UK is put in to education and prevention. HOOP has been formed to address the balance and to provide the support for those who need help and resources the most and appear to have been forgotten.
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See also Louise’s story of the day