Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Gifts for Teens

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Gifts for Teens

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Byline: MARIE TURBILL marie.turbill@eveninggazette.co.uk

TEENAGERS who otherwise might not have received any gifts this Christmas are being handed their own special stocking.

The young people, from across Teesside, are reaping the benefits of the hard work of Marske slimmer Sara Porritt.

As reported in the Gazette, Sara took part in a sponsored climb up Roseberry Topping to celebrate her 40th birthday.

It was a first for the taxi driver who used to weigh in at 25 stone and was told she may never reach the big 4-0. After a gastric bypass, she has shed a whopping 10 stone.

"It has changed my life," she said. Sara's full story was shared last night in the ITV1 documentary series, Weight Loss Ward, following the lives of patients undergoing surgery at one of the UK's first dedicated weight loss wards at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Having fallen into alcohol and eating problems after being the victim of abuse herself, Sara decided she wanted to give something back, raising money for Barnardo's SECOS and Bridgeway projects. …

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