A DAD from Sheffield has been given a new lease of life after battling through a severe lung condition by improving his fitness.
Malcolm Hargreaves, aged 67, was diagnosed in 1992 with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a serious lung and airway disease.
The father-of-four developed the condition because of exposure to the chemical cobalt while working as a machinist.
Malcolm joined the pulmonary maintenance rehab classes at Concord Sports Centre in Shiregreen – a 12-week course of discounted specialist sessions designed to improve his fitness and encourage better breathing.
Malcolm, from Tinsley, said: “My breathing was really quite bad. I was struggling with everyday tasks such as going to the shop and my fitness levels were in need of vast improvement.
“The scheme allowed me to dramatically improve my fitness and health – so much so I am able to control my much reduced breathlessness, which has changed my life.”
Malcolm now goes to the gym up to three times a week.