Scheme urges getting active

Michael Riley
Michael Riley
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The Macmillan Support Bus will be visiting Sheffield later this year, urging people in the city to get moving and get active after cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Support helps to fund Active Everyday in Sheffield, a scheme that supports people affected by cancer to become active following a diagnosis of cancer.

With the help of an instructor, people are supported to become active in a way that they will enjoy and that suits them following cancer treatment.

Liam Humphreys, project lead for Active Everyday, said: “Physical activity is an important part of cancer recovery and rehabilitation. There are many benefits, including reducing the sense of isolation, reducing side effects, improving strength, aerobic fitness and flexibility.

“People who have had cancer can be unsure about doing exercise, we support people to get back to hobbies they enjoyed before cancer, such as dog-walking, playing with grandkids or taking up a new sport.”

Active Everyday has been running for two years and has supported local people affected by cancer get active during and after their cancer treatment.

Michael Riley, aged 61, who lives in Wincobank, was diagnosed with leukaemia in March 2016. He has taken part in the Active Everyday programme for the past four months.

“The Active Everyday sessions have helped me to walk to the bus stop without being out of breath,” said Michael.

“This is the kind of everyday thing I took for granted before my cancer diagnosis, now it’s helping me to feel like myself again.”

The Macmillan Information and Support Bus will be visiting Sheffield on Friday September 17 to answer questions, provide support and inform people about local cancer services, such as Active Everyday.

Liam added: “Drop by and talk to the team on Macmillan’s Mobile Information Bus between 10am and 4pm on the day.”

Visit www.movemoresheffield.com/active-everyday for more details on the scheme.