Free gym membership for Sheffield heart patient’s folks

SIV's GP referral manager Dave Birds with Terry Green, his daughter Jennie Frewin and his granddaughter Beth Frewin.
SIV's GP referral manager Dave Birds with Terry Green, his daughter Jennie Frewin and his granddaughter Beth Frewin.
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The family of a Sheffield heart attack patient has been given free gym membership, as part of a project to drive down genetic heart disease.

Terry Green’s daughter Jennie Frewin, aged 45, and granddaughter, Beth Frewin, 16, were offered the service as part of Concord Healthy Hearts Project.

The project, at Concord Heart Support Group, offers educational and gym sessions to children or dependants of coronary heart disease sufferers to help reduce the risk factors associated with the disease.

Terry, 73, a retired painter and decorator from Chapeltown, suffered a heart attack in January 2010.

After surgery at the Northern General Hospital he was referred to Concord where he exercised his way back to health.

And, thanks to a £10,000 Lottery Awards for All grant, the leisure centre offered free 12-week gym membership to his family.

Terry said: “I have been attending Concord for 18 months and love it.

“There’s a friendly atmosphere and I have been able to meet people who have been through similar experiences, which was just as important to me as learning the exercises – it makes you realise you’re not on your own.

“It’s also wonderful to have Jennie and Beth on board. It’s great we can compare notes about how we are getting on.

“One of the highest risk factors of coronary heart disease is genetic, so this is a great way for my family to invest in their own wellbeing to prevent health problems in future.”

Beth, a pupil at Winterhill School, Rotherham, trains three times a week and Jennie takes part in intensive cardiovascular activities.

Project leader Dave Birds said: “Terry and his family are a great example of how we are encouraging people to make informed choices about their future health and wellbeing, whatever their age or sporting ability.”

n Call Dave: 0114 2574426.