Maggie’s Dundee shows off new physical exercise classes on offer thanks to People’s Postcode Lottery
Maggie’s Dundee invited local press to the centre to find out more about the exciting new additions to their programme.
Journalists and photographers were invited to come along to meet with the new Nordic walking class which is run by centre user Gordon Kirk whose cancer diagnosis inspired him to return to university to study sport and psychology.
Centre head Lesley Howells was also available for comment as were some of the Centre users making the most of the new classes.
Gordon said: “The new classes have proved really successful and with the likes of the Nordic walking group the social element for Centre users has proven just as beneficial as the physical aspect.
“It is great that Maggie’s have been able to introduce these new classes with the help of support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.”
The Centre has been making great strides through 2012 to help people with cancer re-engage with physical exercise to combat fatigue and make improvements to quality of life.
There have been a number of activities and classes added onto Maggie’s Dundee’s programme of support, which have been made possible through continued funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised £2 million for Maggie’s Centres across Scotland. There are thousands of players in the Dundee area, each of whom are directly helping local causes like Maggie’s to operate a fantastic service to the public.
There have been nearly 200 winning Dundee postcodes with People’s Postcode Lottery, with prizes topping more than £360,000 for the DD postcode region alone.
Head of Charities Clara Govier said “Players of People’s Postcode Lottery support hundreds of charities and good causes. The £2 Million they have raised for Maggie’s is enough to cover the operating costs of a centre, such as the one located at Ninewells for four years. This type of support in the current climate is invaluable to charities, and we are delighted to see the Maggie’s centres continue to build on their service offerings, providing such important support for those affected by cancer.”
Flexible funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery allows Maggie’s to not only keep their doors open, but to develop new and innovative additions to their programme.
Centre user Judy Wilson from Dundee, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April 2011, said: “I was in a really, really bad place. It is hard because you don’t want to upset your family. You want to be strong for them. But one morning I woke up and it was just too much. I just thought, I’ll go to Maggie’s. I went in and just burst into tears. They helped me rationalise everything and realise that my fears were just that – they were fears. I would like to thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery for helping to fund Maggie’s Centres. The financial support allows Maggie’s to offer classes, like the advanced cancer group that I attend, which makes a hugely positive difference to people’s lives.”
The new additions in Maggie’s Dundee include:
• Individual personal trainer sessions designed to facilitate people back into the physical activity by giving tailored support, paced at their level.
• Nordic walking is a weekly walking group which takes advantage of the nature trails surrounding Ninewells and is proven to be particularly good for upper body while encouraging the social support of a group activity.
• Strength, strengthen and tone is a physiotherapist-led exercise class focusing on strength, posture and flexibility.
• Men’s fitness building led by a personal trainer, who has also had cancer, introducing men to workouts that they can do in their own home.
The new additions, which complement yoga and tai chi, which are already available, aim to help people to learn about the benefits of physical exercise in regards to combating cancer, gain confidence to start exercising at a level that suits them, and gain peer support from fellow class attendees.