Two young, local slimmers are heading for the national semi-finals of Slimming World Young Slimmer of the Year.

To be eligible, slimmers must be aged 16 to 21 and have lost more than three stones in the past year.

Rhiannon Saffell, 20, a nursery nurse, has dropped from 15st to 11st 3.5lb to be entered for the national semi-finals in Derbyshire on May 18.

Also in the national semi-finals is Lucie Nicholas, a cake decorator of Beckingham Road, Tolleshunt D’Arcy.

She has lost 3st 8.5lb since October and now weighs 11st 10.5lb.

Emma Chapman, Slimming World co-ordinator, said: "I am very proud of these girls, for them to get to the semi-finals is absolutely amazing."