Tennis speeds up Sheffield grandma’s road to recovery

Doreen Bannister, 69, from Mosborough
Doreen Bannister, 69, from Mosborough
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A Sheffield grandmother who has not played tennis for over 35 years has returned to the court to aid her recovery from a heart attack.

Doreen Bannister, aged 69, from Mosborough, was encouraged by doctors to take part in regular physical activity following the attack nine years ago.

Mrs Bannister was re-introduced to tennis after visiting Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre.

After her heart attack Doreen completed a six-week NHS Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. She wanted to continue exercising so signed up to attend a Heart Support Group, which have weekly exercise sessions.

Doreen said: “I’ve always been a fan of ball games, especially tennis, and it is a great sport for fitness. It helps with my heart problems and the sessions are light and fun - I can sit down and have a rest if I need to.

“We have a great laugh and I think the balance between playing for fun and having that competitive element is just right. The best thing about it is that it is not restrictive in any way – there are opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, with or without a whole range of medical conditions, to take part.”