A WEIGHT loss coach is a real gem for people she has helped to shed pounds and now she has been awarded Weight Watchers diamond coach status for her efforts.

Claire Bond has helped hundreds of residents in Bolton towards a healthier lifestyle and was presented with her award at her recent meeting at the Mercury Hotel, Westhoughton.

The diamond award is only given to a limited number of coaches across the country in recognition of exceptional support they give to their members.

Last year Claire, who has lost more than five stones herself, helped her members lose a total of approximately 438 stones through adopting healthy eating habits and shifting their mindsets.

Sue Hayman, one of Claire's members said the accolade is very well-deserved.

“Claire is a real inspiration to me and the other members in our meeting," she said.

"She always provides great tips, tricks and support to help us achieve our weight loss goals and develop healthier habits.

"She is such a positive person who goes above and beyond in her role as a coach. I have lost 43.5lb with Claire and I’ve never felt better!”

It is the third time Claire has been awarded diamond leader status.

"It has been a fantastic year and to receive this award for doing something I love is amazing! It’s great to see my members enjoying the food they love and jumping off the scales feeling happy.

Claire holds five meetings a week in Bolton and Aspull and for more details call 07935 245448 or visit www.weightwatchers.com/uk