A local woman has raised over £800 for Macmillan Cancer Support after accessing their physical activity programme for people affected by cancer that is delivered in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
Macmillan’s Move More programme aims to ensure that everyone living with cancer is aware of the benefits of the physical activity and are enabled to choose to become active at a level that’s right for them.
Jayne Blair from Ballymoney joined Move More a couple of months after her treatment finished last September. “I was referred to Move More during lockdown, as the restrictions eased Move More Co-ordinator Catherine had organised some small socially distanced walks on East Strand Beach Portrush and Benone Beach two days a week. Catherine was fantastic, she is really friendly and the participants in the group were too and took me under their wing.”
“I decided to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support as Move More had helped me so much and I wanted to give something back. I fundraised through my Facebook page when it was coming up to my birthday when you can ask your friends to donate to a charity of your choice with the click of a button. I was delighted to raise over £800 and I would like to thank my family and friends for their incredible generosity.”
So what would Jayne say to anyone thinking about joining Move More? “I would encourage anybody to join. It’s been so great to meet people who have been through what I have. Some of the side effects of my treatment were difficult but it was great to know people who had been on the same journey as me. Catherine shared information which made me realise that it was normal to have these effects. It’s been great to also have my Move More friends who completely understand what I have been through.”
Move More Co-ordinator for Causeway Coast and Glens, Catherine King said, “During the pandemic the Macmillan Move More Service has continued to support people with cancer throughout Northern Ireland and we very much welcome new referrals at any stage of a cancer diagnosis.
“With the recent NI Executive update and the easing of some restrictions, Move More Causeway Coast and Glens has now restarted some outdoor physical activity such as our socially distanced walking groups. The walks take place in parks and beaches throughout the Borough and everyone is encouraged to walk in a safe space at their own pace, maintaining social distancing or with someone from within their bubble. It has been proven that walking can help to improve the health and well-being of people living with cancer and also help reduce some of the social isolation associated with cancer and Covid-19.”
If you would like to join the Move More class in Causeway Coast and Glens you can contact Catherine on 07597 399765 or email: [email protected]