New walking group for people affected by cancer

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New walking group for people affected by cancer
08 May 2015

THE month of May is National Walking Month and to celebrate the Pennine Acute Trust has helped set up a new walking group for people who have experience of cancer.

The group has been formed by Bury’s I Will if You Will initiative in conjunction with the Macmillan Information and Support Centre at North Manchester General Hospital, and it is open to patients who have or have had cancer, their relatives, friends and carers.

Walks take place every Tuesday at 11am at St Mary’s Church in Prestwich.

Anyone can join the walking group, but people who have experienced cancer at any of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s four hospitals, The Royal Oldham Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and Rochdale Infirmary are particularly welcome.

Walking is one of the simplest ways to get fit, lose weight and become healthier, with the added bonus that it is free. It is a much underrated type of fitness activity, but anybody can participate, from children, to pensioners or anyone who just wants to become more active.

Regular walking has been proven to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses including some cancers, as well as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and stroke.

Felicity Keeling, Macmillan Information and Support Service Manager at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“Exercise has been described as a wonder drug for people who have been treated for cancer, in contrast to the days when it was thought they should rest up. This is a fantastic opportunity for some gentle exercise for those looking to improve their fitness, in the company of others who have been through a similar situation including carers and friends of people who’ve had cancer.”

Anyone wanting more information about the walking group or about cancer in general can contact the Macmillan Information and Support Centre at North Manchester General Hospital on 0161 604 5244 or email macmillan.infocentre@pat.nhs.uk.

National Walking Month is a campaign run by Living Streets, a national charity that stands up for pedestrians and works to create safe, attractive, enjoyable streets where it is great to walk.

Download the National Walking Month poster on the Living Streets website.

Find out more about National Walking Month on the Living Streets website.

Read more about walking for health on the NHS Choices website.