CARE is a Macmillan Move More physical activity service for people affected by cancer across Nottinghamshire, designed for patients at any stage of their treatment or recovery. The programme started in March 2015 and has 158 referrals to date. The sessions involve fun, graduated strengthening exercises and are an ideal opportunity to meet and socialise with others that have been through similar experiences.
Participants, who attend the weekly sessions provided, also receive a complimentary fitness membership to the Portland Leisure Centre. This includes, full use of a new gym, the swimming pool, and access to over 20 fitness classes including sporting opportunities.
The CARE programme has received some fantastic feedback from their services users:
“When I first attended after not undertaking gym exercises for many years and having my prostate removed plus on hormone treatment I was a little anxious. This was soon forgotten as there were other similar participants within the exercise group and meeting other prostate cancer men made me feel better even allowing for some amount of fatigue/excessive sweating. This tiredness and excessive sweating has improved as I have got further into the CARE programme. I also believe it has also helped me become more positive regarding the future.” – Mike Robinson referred with Prostate Cancer
“To sum up; the scheme is a great help and should be encouraged and funded further, it has helped me tremendously and I see others who are also clearly benefiting.” – Peter Fedorow referred with Prostate Cancer
“I have so far have noticed improved cardiovascular fitness, stronger muscles and better flexibility. Psychologically, the endorphin release of exercise and the happy, encouraging and totally supportive atmosphere of the classes have improved my mood and helped me to remain cheerful whilst undergoing the usual stresses of treatment problems and life generally.” – Nichola Spice referred with Breast Cancer
“I have already given my GP and all my friends who have cancer the leaflets. I can’t sing the praises high enough for what it has done for me. I can’t wait to be back again after my next surgery and will miss the fun, support, companionship and endorphins so much. Roll on my surgeon giving green flag.” – Kathryn Houghton referred with Breast Cancer, previously Thyroid, and Skin Cancer
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