Active Luton has been recognised by Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for its support of a successful project to help young people with Cystic Fibrosis.
The trust has been offering patients and specialist exercise trainers full access to its fitness facilities at Lewsey Sports Park.
The project is part of the GOSH INSPIRE-CF research programme which has helped the hospital better understand how exercise helps children and teenagers with Cystic Fibrosis.
Helen Barnett, chief executive of Active Luton, said: “We were not surprised to hear that the project was a research success as the children who used our facilities and their families kept telling us how much they were getting out of it.
“We wanted to ensure we could keep supporting local people with Cystic Fibrosis so we enquired about how we could continue it in some capacity.
“We were delighted that the great people of GOSH took us up on the offer and came in last week to train our health and wellbeing team so they will now be able to continue to support the patients and offer the exercise programme at all of our venues.”
The study evaluated a new model of care for children with Cystic Fibrosis which incorporates regular exercise sessions.
The programme has been hailed a success by the researchers and Active Luton wants to build on the experience so it can continue to support local families affected by the condition.
The health and wellbeing team was formally thanked by the hospital last week.
For more information about the the hospital’s research programme, visit: www.gosh.org