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Fast Track award


CYCLISTS FIGHTING CANCER


An exercise class for those living with or recovering from cancer


Every Tuesday morning at Stratford Hospital, a group of people living with and beyond cancer get together to take part in a tailored exercise class. The energy and enthusiasm of the group is infectious as they take part in circuit exercises under the guidance of their instructor Craig.


One of the newest members said the class was already making a huge difference. ‘I couldn’t do half of this a few weeks ago! It’s even got rid of the pain from my scarring. We’ve all had different surgeries so Craig tailors the exercises to suit each one of us.’


The class has been funded by Stratford Town Trust and not only improves stamina and physical health but also provides a real support unit where the group can share experiences and form friendships.


After the class, the group always go for a coffee together and this has helped strengthen the bond between everyone.


Jane who has been coming to the class for over a year said: ‘I really feel the difference if I don’t come. Everyone’s so positive and smiling. We’ve built real friendships and even have a Whatsapp group so we can send messages when someone’s going for treatment. We’re all supporting each other on this journey.’


Participant Rosie said: ‘I feel better and healthier coming here and it’s such a nice group of people who know what you’re going through. There’s such a feel-good factor and it feels like you’ve known everyone for years. Some people can’t come to the class any more because of treatment but they’re still part of the group and come and meet us for coffee afterwards.’


Stratford Town Trust Annual Report 2019


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