Sheffield club’s future is safe with lottery money

Pensoners take part in the final Get Fit While You Sit class at Woodhouse library which has been cancelled by Sheffield City Council due to cut backs
Pensoners take part in the final Get Fit While You Sit class at Woodhouse library which has been cancelled by Sheffield City Council due to cut backs
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A fitness club set up by a group of pensioners after their council-run class fell victim to cuts has been saved with a lottery grant.

The Get Fit While You Sit class at Woodhouse Library was originally funded by Activity Sheffield for elderly people.

But the council decided to end the sessions in April, leading members to organise their own weekly classes.

A successful bid has now been made for £2,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, which will secure the group’s future for a year.

Joan Singleton, aged 87, who has been going to classes for four years, said members were ‘absolutely delighted’.

“We’re determined it’s going to flourish this year,” she said.

“We were all staggered when the council decided to close us down. One or two ladies were in tears because it’s one of their only outings in the week.

“They really look forward to it and they are so enthusiastic.”

Joan said the aerobics club now has 18 members.

“We’re getting other people applying. We are limited for the room, but we can accommodate a few more if they want to come along.

“If at the end of the year the Big Lottery think we’ve spent the money wisely, they may give it to us again. Whatever money we can raise of our own we can spend on what we want to do.”

Sheffield Council said the group’s local funding was cut because of the abolition of Community Assemblies, and that another group for OAPs was continuing at Woodhouse’s nearby Salvation Army building.