Funding for cancer patients’ exercise programme
An exercise programme for cancer patients has been awarded £35,000 of funding which will enable it to continue until the end of 2014.
The programme is run by Active Luton in partnership with Macmillan, who provided the funding, and the Luton and Dunstable Hospital (L&D), and aims to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of cancer patients.
With the further funding, patients will receive 12 free physical activity sessions including gym, swim and fitness classes.
At the end of the 12 sessions participants then receive a discounted rate at Active Luton’s facilities and a free health check every six weeks to monitor their progress.
The programme supported 115 people in 2012 and the latest funding will see it extended until the end of 2014.
Patients can be referred via their Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist or GP, but it is also possible for people to refer themselves by contacting Active Luton directly.
Peter Loney is one patient who has found the programme ‘invaluable’ to his recovery.
Peter said: “I am so grateful to my Macmillan nurse who badgered me to take part in the Active Luton programme. Words can’t express how positive and full of energy I feel after a session at the gym and a chat with my support team.”
Helen Barnett, Active Luton Chief Executive, said: “The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and is making such a difference to people’s lives. Exercise is vitally important to the health and wellbeing of patients so we are delighted to receive this latest funding.
“Going through cancer must be a very terrifying experience but we know exercise, can help with the recovery, so I encourage anyone receiving treatment to get in touch to see how we can support them.”
For more information contact Matt Corder at Active Luton on 01582 40 02 72.
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