August 2017 was a milestone month for FITC’s CARE programme with new co-ordinator Stephen List joining the project and CARE celebrating their 100th week in delivery. The Cancer and Rehabilitation Exercise (CARE) programme, run in partnership with Macmillan, helps assist in the mobility and physical wellbeing of cancer patients. Ongoing research conclusively proved that physical activity during and after cancer treatments aids recovery alongside patient’s ongoing treatments. CARE will continue to support people across the whole county in achieving these benefits.
Over the past two years the project, alongside the rehabilitation of our participants, has gone from strength to strength. May 2017 saw the introduction of a fourth CARE workshop to cope with the demand of patients in Nottinghamshire. Sessions are delivered from The Portland Centre, a FITC managed leisure centre in The Meadows with a gymnasium, swimming pool and activity studios. The welcoming and social atmosphere provides a fantastic environment for patients to undertake exercise under the guidance of Macmillan approved fitness and cancer rehabilitation instructors.
Susan Tatham, a survivor of cancer and CARE advocate, speaks highly of the project “I feel totally invigorated. CARE has helped feel more energetic assisting me to overcome the cancer and feel more energetic in doing so. I can get up and face the world! If you asked me to describe the CARE programme it would be ‘life changing’”.
Due to the phenomenal delivery of CARE, FITC has continually developed alongside the demand for cancer rehabilitation, welcoming new staff member Stephen List who joined the project back in June. “The future of CARE is really exciting, by reaching 100 weeks it highlights that the programme provides something that is really beneficial to the community, which is something I am quite proud of. Through our continued partnership with Macmillan and NHS Nottingham, I believe that more people will become aware of our fantastic programme. Hopefully more of Nottingham’s cancer patients can receive guidance and support during an often difficult and challenging time in their lives.” Emma Trent, Health Manager of FITC founded the project in 2014, overseeing the practises of rehabilitation staff and ensuring the ongoing commitment to supporting cancer sufferers in the city, “What the CARE team has done for the programme is brilliant, and what the participants have achieved by working with them is something that we want all people recovering from cancer to get the opportunity to achieve.”
Why not join us for our Macmillan Coffee morning at the Portland Centre on Friday 29th September between 9am and 12pm. We would love to see you!