My name is Kirsten Hall and I am currently studying Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bath, as part of my degree I had the opportunity to take a year out and work at Macmillan within the physical activity team.
This year I have developed my knowledge of physical activity and long-term conditions by working on a range of projects. I have developed a guidance note with advice on how a physical activity service can link with their local walking for health scheme, managed the running of TeamSpace, uploaded the services onto In Your Area and written a recommendations paper to suggest improvements to the physical activity page on the Macmillan website. I have also had a paper published which is something I am extremely proud of!
I have also been fortunate enough to travel the country and meet the amazing project leads who are the backbone to what we do. They are consistently inspiring people living with cancer to become more active by delivering a behaviour change intervention over a 12-month period. Through them and the service users I have met, I have learnt what it is like to live with a cancer diagnosis and the challenges they have to overcome each day and most importantly how physical activity has helped them return to normal.
I will be forever grateful to Macmillan for the opportunity and experiences you have given me. You have inspired me to pursue a career in physical activity and long-term conditions and I hope use every skill, experience and opportunity in the future to get people moving more and sitting less.