A couple of years ago I experienced a cancer scare of my own and found exercise an incredibly helpful means of coping. Combined with my professional background in medical research, this is what inspired me to help run such a positive healthcare project and one which I hope will benefit the lives of hundreds and thousands of patients. My role at Active Against Cancer is to coordinate the running of the service and to manage all referrals. Please come and talk to me if you any question on how to get involved.
It is not uncommon for lives to unravel when facing any serious illness and I understand the challenges you may face. I am a truly caring, genuine and approachable person who wants you to succeed and I am dedicated to ensuring that from a fitness view at least, you are as fit as you can be. I have a depth of knowledge and expertise in encouraging individuals with complex medical conditions to make new lifestyle changes and improve their physical fitness. I see clients as individuals and whatever level of fitness you have I will help you improve, leave each session with a ‘win’, however small and ensure all your fitness sessions are safe, effective and fun.
Having graduated from the University of Teesside in 2007 I have worked in the NHS for 12 years specialising in Oncology at Hull University Teaching Hospitals for the last 5 years. My passion for improving the quality of life for others is the driving force behind all that I do. I’m a keen triathlete representing Great Britain at Age Group and can usually be found on my bike, in the pool or out running! I am hugely excited about embarking on this new project and helping people to become more active and achieve better long term health outcomes.
As a yoga teacher with a special interest in students who are not typical yogi’s and may be nervous about starting a yoga practice, I’m excited to be working as a part of the team to offer a beginners level yoga. With a specialism in tight, stiff, senior and beginners yoga, with a sporty back ground myself, I am looking forward to offering a bespoke class to Active Against Cancer students in a supportive, encouraging and understanding environment.
Having supported someone with cancer, I know the effect it can have on your family and those closest to you. I appreciate that supporting someone in this position is never about one thing but about many different things. I joined the project because I truly believe that exercise is a fantastic opportunity to improve your quality of life and to strengthen your resolve to achieve the best possible outcome. Laughs are the extra added ingredient.
Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre
At Active Against Cancer we have close ties with the Health and Wellbeing programme at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre (SROMC).
Harrogate Sports and Fitness Centre
All of our assessments and classes take place at our base at Harrogate Sports and Fitness Centre.
We have close ties with all local Cancer Nurse Specialists (CNSs), including Noreen Hawkshaw, Macmillan Lead Nurse for Cancer.