Two Albion players celebrated the success of AITC's cancer fitness project.
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Uwe Huenemeier recently helped Albion in the Community (AITC) celebrate 150 sign ups to its pioneering cancer fitness project.
Brighter Outlook is a free fitness course aimed at people living with, or after, cancer. Funded by NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and working with Macmillan Cancer Support, the project provides free activity sessions in venues across the city.
AITC recently celebrated its 150th Brighter Outlook sign up just seven months into its pilot year – highlighting a definite demand within Brighton and Hove.
To mark the occasion, the Albion centre-back took part in a circuit training session at the Yellowave venue on Brighton seafront and was joined by Charlotte Gurr, one of Albion’s women’s players.
The German defender said talking to the people taking part had proved a real inspiration.
He said, “It was great to be invited along and to join in. I am currently recovering from an injury and know that rehab work can sometimes be quite lonely, so to see this group supporting each other and having fun while working to improve their fitness was brilliant.
“Cancer affects so many people and projects like this are very important. It was great to meet the participants and to help celebrate the project’s 150th sign up. Here’s to 150 more.”
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One of the regular participants, Jo Coppard, was keen to explain just how much Brighter Outlook had helped her.
She said, “If it wasn’t for these sessions some of us wouldn’t see anyone. It gets you out; it enables you to have contact with others in the same situation and is such a motivation.
“It is an absolute god send.”
According to Siobhan Meaker, AITC’s health manager, Jo’s story was typical of the participants. She said, “Research shows that staying active during and after treatment is hugely-beneficial but unfortunately there are often barriers which stop people doing so.
“Brighter Outlook removes many of those barriers and it is fantastic to know the project is having such a positive impact on so many people.”
For more information on Brighter Outlook, visit: www.brighteroutlook.org.uk or call: 01273 668591.
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